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State Officials: Wisconsin’s Annual Ag Exports Have Risen Again

Trade Expert Says International Demand Is Driving Growth


The year 2014 marked the fifth year in a row Wisconsin’s agricultural exports have risen.

The state exported a record $3.7 billion of agricultural products in 2014, an increase of almost 14 percent compared to the same time period in the previous year, according to state officials.

Jen Pino-Gallagher, who directs the trade team at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, said demand overseas is driving the growth.

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“We’re seeing more and more Wisconsin agricultural companies getting involved in exporting because they’re seeing that there is a growing demand internationally,” she said. “We’re also seeing some robust growth in some of our key markets.”

Pino-Gallagher said department officials hope to get even more agribusinesses involved in international trade. The department is scheduled to lead several trade missions to countries including China, Mexico and Columbia.