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Big Year for Wisconsin Plant Product Exports
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/29/2016

Exports for products that come from plants, such as soybeans, corn and lumber, had a record year in Wisconsin during 2015. State Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel says shipments to international markets topped $1 billion for the first time last year.

"Wisconsin wood products continue to be an area of growth," Brancel said. "Also, Indonesia has been importing high volumes of soybean products. That's where the high value is coming from."

Soybean products accounted for $758.7 million of the total $1.1 billion worth of plant product certified for export. Brancel says exporters from surrounding states often come to Wisconsin to certify their plant products for export, so those totals include soybeans grown in other parts of the Midwest.

Meanwhile, lumber, logs and veneer accounted for $86.9 million. All of those products were Wisconsin produced. Other major exports were distillers dried grain, totaling $115.7 million, with $38.6 million of that coming from Wisconsin; and corn products, $124.2 million total and $41.6 million from Wisconsin.

The value of products shipped under certification from the bureau totaled $1.1 billion last year, up from about $850 million in 2014. About $431.8 million of that amount was for products grown or processed in Wisconsin. Soybean, corn, distillers grain and wood products make up about 98 percent of the certified shipments.

The biggest markets for the goods were Indonesia, China and Taiwan.

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