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.