The projections mark a $7.5 billion increase from February's previous record forecast and are $26.5 billion above final 2007 exports.
Announcing the new numbers, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said:
“America’s increased export volume in bulk commodities like corn, other animal feeds and soybeans make agriculture the bright spot in the overall balance of trade.Grains and animal products exports account for two-thirds of the gains according to the new report.
U.S. producers are on track to export a record 63 million tons of corn, and set new export volume and value records for pork.
Export volumes and values are also up for many horticultural products with sales growth to Canada and the European Union being exceptionally strong.”
Source: USDA, Outlook for US Agricultural Trade, May 2008 (pdf)
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