New figures released by the United States Department of Agriculture show that Michigan's overall agricultural exports in 2010 grew more than 10% from 2009. The data shows 2010 export levels reached $1.75 billion.
"Congratulations to our ag exporters as they continue to succeed in the global marketplace. It's exciting to see Michigan's agricultural exports gaining a stronger foothold in the global economy, but there is still work to do," says Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
"Michigan is home to a tremendous array of great products," he adds. "There are many new economic development opportunities available for our producers and processors through exporting. Building the New International Trade Bridge will help achieve our goal to double our ag exports by 2015 since Canada is one of our biggest markets and is an important gateway to the rest of the world."
"Michigan's growing strength in agricultural exports is key as we develop a statewide export infrastructure," says Michael A. Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "State agencies are working with the U.S. Department of Commerce to deliver Michigan exports in much greater volumes around the world."
The growth in Michigan soybean exports for 2010 was especially dramatic, gaining more than 40% from 2009. Soybeans and their products are the largest of Michigan's agricultural exports with $588.7 million in 2010, followed by feeds and grains with $276.3 million in 2010, and wheat and products with $194.3 million in 2010.
More than one-third of the total agricultural products grown in Michigan are exported each year. Michigan's high-quality, dependable agricultural exports support about 14,700 Michigan jobs based on USDA multipliers, and generate further economic activity in the state. According to USDA estimates, each $1 in agricultural exports stimulates an additional $1.31 in other business activities.
The newly released data also shows Michigan as the 7th largest exporting state in the U.S. for fruit and preparations with $144.6 million in exports, the 9th largest exporter for vegetables and preparations with $158 million in exports, and the 6th largest exporter of "Other" agricultural products with $175.4 million in exports.
For more information on MDARD's International Marketing Program, contact Jamie Zmitko-Somers at (51) -241-3628 or [email protected]. Or, visit www.michigan.gov/agexport or follow @MIAgExport on Twitter.