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State Ranks Ninth in Ag Exports

Posted July 18, 2007

— North Carolina is the ninth-largest state in agricultural export value, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The state previously ranked 12th on the list.

The USDA estimates the value of North Carolina’s exports at more than $2 billion. U.S. agricultural exports reached a record $68.7 billion in fiscal 2006, up $6.2 billion from the previous record in 2005.

“I am proud that we have had success in our global marketing strategy,” state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a statement. “Our international marketing specialists have been working hard to find new markets for our farmers, and their efforts are paying off.”

North Carolina is the leading tobacco-exporting state, accounting for 38 percent of U.S. exports, and ranks third in poultry exports, behind Arkansas and Georgia, according to the report. The state is also the fifth-largest exporter of peanuts, sixth-largest exporter of live animals and meat products and the seventh-largest exporter of cottonseed and products, the report said.

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  • davidpmcknight Jul 19, 2007

    This is great news for North Carolina agriculture, and both farmers and distributors of N.C. farm produce are to be congratulated on this rise to the ninth spot in the Nation in ag exports.

    David McKnight--Durham