Agricultural exports totaled more than $1.46 billion in 2015
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture can help Kentucky farmers reap tremendous benefits from international trade, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said today at the Kentucky International Trade Summit, a forum for business leaders, trade practitioners, and public officials.
Kentucky agricultural exports totaled more than $1.46 billion in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, ranking 27th in the nation.
Bourbon whiskey was Kentucky’s leading agricultural export in 2015 with sales of $310.6 million, followed by pure-bred horses for breeding ($146.6 million), chemical/allied preparations ($115.6 million), and wooden casks ($103.3 million).
“Exports create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of revenue for Kentucky’s economy,” Quarles said. “But there’s still plenty of room to grow. The KDA’s marketing staff helps Kentucky farmers, businesses, and foresters clear barriers to entry into foreign markets. We also host inbound trade missions so the world can see what Kentucky has to offer.”