Here is a release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a statement from Ag Secretary Thomas Vilsack:
The USDA released its fourth Outlook for U.S.
Agriculture Trade in fiscal year 2013 today.
USDA projects $139.5
billion in agricultural exports in FY 2013, which if realized would be a
new record. Since 2009, U.S. agricultural exports have climbed from $96.3 billion in 2009 to the most-recent forecast of $139.5 billion.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement:
report is promising news that keeps American agriculture on track to
continue the strongest period of exports in our nation's history.
Agricultural exports are an important part of our economy, supporting
more than one million jobs - and as a part of President Obama's National
Export Initiative to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014, USDA has
worked hard to open new markets for quality U.S. agricultural products.
We've helped achieve new trade agreements with countries around the
world, helped organic producers export more products through new
equivalency agreements, broken down hundreds of unfair barriers to
trade, and utilized trade promotion programs that have helped more than
1,000 U.S. businesses and organizations promote agricultural products
Today, we're looking ahead to the next big achievements --
particularly a Trans-Pacific Partnership with Asian nations, and a
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union.
must continue working to strengthen markets and opportunity in American
agriculture. That's one reason why it is important that Congress
achieve passage of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill as soon as
possible. Trade promotion efforts provided by the current Farm Bill have
been extremely valuable for U.S. producers.
A long-term Food, Farm and
Jobs Bill would continue these programs, enabling USDA to keep working
with producers and businesses to promote their quality products around
the world. This is an important step to further increase agricultural
exports from the United States and create more good jobs here at home.
As we continue our efforts to strengthen agricultural trade, USDA will
keep working hard to help Congress pass a multiyear, comprehensive bill
as soon as possible."