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Idaho ag exports up 15 percent

Idaho food and agriculture exports for the first six months of this year were 15 percent higher than the first six months of 2011, the state Department of Agriculture announced today, and 2011 was a record-setting year. Dairy is the state's top agricultural export, comprising more than 35 percent; it was up 10 percent. Top export markets for Idaho ag products are Canada, Mexico, China, Japan and South Korea, with exports to China and South Korea showing the biggest increases. You can read the department's full announcement here.

Trade mission to Latin America reports sales, leads for Idaho businesses

Idaho's delegation has returned from a trade mission to Mexico and Brazil and reports “tremendous interest and opportunities in both countries for Idaho products and services,” says Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who led the mission. Seventeen Idaho businesses or organizations participated, from Mountain States Oilseeds, which reported that it secured agreements for five more semi-truck loads of mustard seed to be exported to Mexico, to Ground Force Manufacturing, which reported a $1 million sale and additional likely sales over the next two years of up to $12 million from contacts made on the trade mission. Click below for the state's full announcement; Idaho's next trade mission will be to China in April 2012.

Idaho exports headed for record level

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Overseas demand for Idaho dairy products and silver helped drive export growth to 16.6 percent from July to September, keeping the state on pace for record out-of-country sales for 2011. Idaho's third-quarter export growth trailed the national rate of 17.7 percent, compared to the year-ago period. Department of Commerce director Jeff Sayer says international markets continued to be a bright spot for Idaho's economy. Dairy exports rose by 70 percent to $194 million as fast-growing Asia Pacific countries had an appetite for whey protein and powdered milk. High prices for precious metals increased demand for mining products, where exports more than doubled to $362 million. And while domestic construction remains mired in a slump, Idaho wood products exports to Canada, Japan, Mexico and China rose 58 percent to $79 million.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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