A new USDA report shows that U.S. agricultural exports reached a new record in 2006 at $68.7 billion - $6.2 billion more than the previous record in 2005.
The top exporting states were California, Iowa, Texas and Illinois, the same as last year. Nebraska and Kansas moved ahead of Minnesota for the fifth and sixth spots, and North Carolina overtook North Dakota for ninth.
Feed grain exports became the largest export commodity in value at $8.7 billion, growing by $2 billion from 2005. Corn exports were up 25% in volume from the year before. Soybeans and soy products dropped to the second largest export value at $8.3 billion, about a 6% drop, while wheat and products were up 5% to $6.2 billion.
California continued to lead comfortably in vegetables, fruits, tree nuts, seeds, and dairy products.
Beef and veal exports are still around half the 2003 level, but rose 70% from 2005.