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Wisconsin ranks 4th nationally in value of dairy exports

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin sold $171 million of dairy products to other countries in the first half of this year – a 23 percent increase from the same time a year ago.

The governor’s office announced the figures Tuesday, saying that Wisconsin ranks fourth in the nation in the value of its dairy exports.

Dairy products represented the state’s most valuable farm export from January through June. Raw fur skins were next, followed by food ingredients, ethanol, and grains for cereals.

Canada, China, and Mexico were the three top customers of Wisconsin dairy products.

The state told a total of $1.6 billion in agricultural products to 132 nations in the first half of the year – an increase of 10 percent from the previous year.

That ranks Wisconsin 13th for farm exports, up one place from a year ago.