Kansas Agricultural Exports Post Record Year

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Newly released figures show Kansas agricultural exports grew by 35 percent last year to set a record high.

The U.S. Agriculture Department's Foreign Agricultural Service reports more than $3.68 billion in farm exports from Kansas in 2011.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture says the previous state record of $3.06 billion was set in 2008.

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says in a news release Thursday that the numbers show just how important agriculture is to the state.

Total exports in Kansas grew 17 percent to $11.68 billion.

Agriculture accounted for nearly 32 percent of the state's total exports.

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