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|Release No. 0247.13|
|USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623|
|FACT SHEET: Growing Markets Around the World For America's Agricultural Productivity|
Yesterday, Agriculture Under Secretary Michael Scuse joined Tim Hamilton, Executive Director of Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast, as well as Dave Ramirez of Ohio-based Trophy Nut, to discuss the benefits of the Farm Bill to expand markets around the world and grow American agricultural exports. Secretary Vilsack has called on Congress to expedite passage of a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that continues USDA support for market expansion around the world and builds on efforts that have helped achieve record agricultural trade over the past five years.
Under Secretary Scuse emphasized the importance of agricultural exports to job creation, as well as the critical need for a dependable safety net that will allow America's producers to continue providing a reliable food supply at home and abroad.
U.S. agricultural exports reached a record $140.9 billion in fiscal year 2013 and supported about a million U.S. jobs. In fact, compared to the previous five-year period from FY 2004-2008, U.S. agricultural exports from FY 2009-2013 increased by nearly $230 billion. The past five years represent the strongest five-year period in our nation's history for agricultural exports.
Meanwhile, America's farmers and ranchers remain the most diverse and productive on the planet. USDA support, provided in large part by the Farm Bill, has enabled producers to grow more in the face of complex uncertainty from the weather and markets.
As a result of America's agricultural productivity, U.S. families pay less for the food they consume at home, as a portion of their income, than the people of any other nation.
USDA has worked hard under the Obama Administration to open new markets for agricultural products around the world, while ensuring that our producers have the tools they need to grow more here at home. A new Farm Bill would continue these efforts.
Farm Bill programs would complement efforts that USDA has undertaken to break down unfair barriers to U.S. trade.
And a new Farm Bill would ensure that our producers have the tools they need to continue growing more at home, keeping food affordable for Americans and fueling exports around the world.
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