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Wis. Sets Record for Agricultural Exports in 2012Submitted: 02/23/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin exported a record amount of agricultural products in 2012.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says about $2.9 billion worth of goods were exported last year. That's a three percent increase over 2011.

Wisconsin's tops importers are Canada, Mexico, China, Korea and Japan.

Canada is the top destination, importing $1.4 billion of products.

The market showing the biggest growth in 2012 was China with a 49 percent increase.

The top exports to China last year were hides and skins, animal feed and dairy-related products.

The most valuable agricultural export for Wisconsin in 2012 was beverages, which is primarily ethanol, at $400 million.

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