Top 10 dairy exporting states

It's in our rear-view mirror, but 2014 was a record-setting year for U.S. dairy exports.

Nationally, dairy product exports totaled 3.96 billion lbs. on a milk solids basis, representing about 15.4% of U.S. milk production. Those products were valued at $7.1 billion.

Each October, USDA releases its state-by-state export estimates based on the previous year's U.S. totals. Although a state's actual export value cannot be measured directly, USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates state exports based on U.S. farm cash receipts data, updated annually. All export values are calibrated so that the sum of state export estimates are equal to the total U.S. export value for that commodity.

Based on those estimates, California was the leading dairy exporting state in 2014. The state's dairy exports were valued at $1.346 billion, up from 1.270 billion in 2013, and about 19% of the 2014 U.S. total.

Dairy product exports from Wisconsin, valued at $970.5 million in 2014, were up from $923.9 million in 2013, and represented about 14% of the 2014 U.S. total.

 



Top 10 states:


 


2014 dairy product exports

State

$ million

% of U.S. total

California

1,346.4

19.0%

Wisconsin

970.5

13.7%

New York

500.3

7.0%

Idaho

460.1

6.5%

Pennsylvania

392.6

5.5%

Texas

363.9

5.1%

Michigan

332.3

4.7%

Minnesota

321.9

4.5%

New Mexico

258.7

3.6%

Washington

233.4

3.3%

Source: USDA Economic Research Service

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