Agricultural exports support over a million US jobs

New data from the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service shows that agricultural exports support more than a million jobs in the United States.

“More than one million people go to work every day thanks to exports of American-grown products,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Expanded US agricultural exports mean more new jobs, but our farmers and ranchers will miss out on new markets for American products if Congress doesn’t act on Trade Promotion Authority early this year.”

“Fiscal years 2009 to 2014 represent the strongest six years in history for US agricultural trade, with US agricultural product exports totaling $771.7 billion, despite the fact that many other countries’ markets are not as open to American products as our markets are to theirs,” he said. “Agricultural exports last fiscal year reached $152.5 billion, the highest level on record. US agricultural exports now support more than one million jobs here at home, a substantial part of the nearly 11.3 million jobs supported by exports all across our country.”

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