As the US attempts to increase its employment, farm exports will provide a key to achieving that. The researchers say, “Employment attributed to exports is about evenly split between the Midwest and South, followed by the West and Northeast. Important too is that these economic gains associated with exports are not just accruing to the farm sector. In fact, in most regions of the country, the non-farm sectors of food processing, services, and trade and transportation receive an equal share of both output and employment.”
Agricultural exports have provided significant income for agriculture and employment for the rest of the nation as well. Recent approval of more trade agreements will increase not only employment but also provide added commodity sales for grain and livestock producers.