Wisconsin agricultural exports saw a 13-percent increase in the first half of 2008 from the same period last year, totaling over $975 million.
Jen Pino-Gallagher with DATCP says a growing middle class worldwide, more demand for Wisconsin's dairy genetics, and the weak dollar were all factors. She says the weak dollar especially has made it seem as if Wisconsin ag products are "on sale" to the global market.
Pino-Gallagher says those products are traveling all over the world, with Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and Italy the top five buyers of Wisconsin Ag exports.
Dairy exports saw the largest increase in the state, growing to $121 million for the first six months of 2008. That's up 59-percent from 2009.