Creamery helps state ag exports reach record valueWisconsin agricultural exports had a record-setting year in 2012.
Wisconsin agricultural exports had a record-setting year in 2012.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced that, from January to December 2012, Wisconsin exported over $2.9 billion worth of agricultural products, an increase of three percent compared to the same time period in 2011 and the highest value ever for the state.
Dairy-related products, including eggs and honey, were Wisconsin’s third most valuable agricultural export last year. The state’s dairy-related exports totaled $282 million in 2012, an increase of 22 percent compared to 2011.
Within this sector, cheese saw the greatest increase in export value as compared to other dairy products. The state now ranks fourth nationwide for the value of dairy products, up from fifth in 2011.
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery started working with DATCP about five years ago to learn more about the international marketplace and initiate contacts to begin exporting. The creamery has increased its exports of dry sweet whey, primarily to the Asian markets, each year since they began.
For more please read the Feb. 27 print version of the Herald.