Growing Rural Prosperity: Visualizing U.S. Agricultural Exports as a Share of Production

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U.S. agricultural exports are a critical source of farm income. The USDA Economic Research Service estimates that on average 23 percent of the output of nonmanufactured agricultural products were exported between 2013 and 2022 (link). This includes a wide range of commodities from soybeans, beef, and dairy, to cotton, corn, and tree nuts. More than half of the tree nuts and cotton produced in the United States are exported. At least one third of domestic sorghum, soybeans, wheat, and rice production are also exported. Farmers across the country continue to rely on the global market to support farm prices and to improve rural economies.

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