Michigan food, agriculture and forestry exports jump 19% in 2021

Exports from Michigan’s food, agriculture and forestry industries jumped 19% in 2021. // – Stock Image

Michigan’s food, agriculture and forestry exports saw 19% year-over-year growth in 2021, as business owners and farmers across the country continued to adapt to global challenges.

According to the US Census Bureau, Michigan’s food and agricultural exports totaled $2.5 billion in 2021.

Overall, processed food products ($437 million) accounted for the highest total value of food and agricultural products exported from Michigan last year, representing a $72 million increase over Michigan’s total exports. 2020.

Other top product categories included soybeans, sugar beets and wheat by-products ($304 million); dairy products ($234 million), wood products ($230 million); and edible meat products ($215 million).

Michigan consistently ranks among the most agriculturally diverse states in the nation, which translates to a wide range of exported products ranging from bulk soybeans to dried fruits, pickles and baked goods. Demand for these reliable, high-quality products continues to grow in local markets, online retailers and supercenters around the world.

“These annual export numbers are a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication that Michigan agribusiness companies put into their export efforts every day,” said Jamie Zmitko-Somers, director of the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Development Division. and Michigan Rural Development. .

“These companies have faced supply chain disruptions, weather challenges, labor shortages and more over the past year, but they have weathered it all in a tremendous way. We look forward to continuing to work with the food industry to grow our global presence in the years to come. »

Despite supply chain issues that have affected nearly every industry, Michigan businesses have seen an increase in the value of exports to several international markets. This indicates that demand for Michigan food and agriculture remains strong despite delays in ingredient availability or shipping delays.

In 2021, the top international markets for Michigan’s food and agricultural exports were Canada ($1.19 billion), Mexico ($292 million), China ($168 million), South Korea ( $163 million) and Japan ($146 million). The countries are often at or near the top as Michigan’s export destinations.

For more information, visit Michigan.gov/AgExport.

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