Today, in a press release, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement after USDA released its final tally for agricultural exports in fiscal year 2011:
“Thanks to the productivity of America’s farmer, ranchers and producers, the American brand of agriculture is surging in popularity worldwide. Farm exports in fiscal year 2011 reached a record high $137.4 billion – exceeding past highs by $22.5 billion – and supported 1.15 million jobs here at home. Furthermore, agriculture continues to bolster our nation’s economy by contributing a trade surplus year after year. This year that surplus hit a record $42.7 billion. And next year looks equally strong for the U.S. agricultural economy, thanks in part to President Obama signing new trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, which will add an additional $2.3 billion to our export total and support nearly 20,000 American jobs.”
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