Beef leads growth in Colo. exports

RBC I Compared to 2010, Colorado’s exports of agricultural products increased 23 percent in the first nine months of 2011 to $967 million, led by increases in beef, hides, dairy, grains and processed foods. 
“This is great news for Colorado producers,” said Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar.  “Governor Hickenlooper has been a big supporter of these efforts and we look forward to developing additional markets in the future.”
Colorado exported beef to 34 countries, including markets in North America, Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Australia.  Colorado’s top five markets all increased exports in the first three quarters of 2011.
“The new U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, coupled with the news that Japan may soon lift certain beef restrictions, indicates that the Asian market will continue to be an increasingly important market for Colorado beef,” said Salazar.
Other interesting market trends for Colorado’s agricultural exports include:
n Dairy exports to Mexico (89 percent of Colorado’s dairy exports) up 73 percent to $36.5 million, and year to date dairy shipments went to 26 countries, up from 8 in 2010.
n Direct cereal exports increased 94.5 percent with direct corn exports up 259 percent to Mexico for $12.1 million.
n Colorado millet exports increased 80 percent, with the Asian market up 12.8 percent to $4.3 million and the European market up 235.6 percent to $3 million. 
n Colorado wood product exports increased 18 percent to $11.4 million, with key markets in China, Canada, Mexico and Germany.
Additional statistics are available by contacting Tim Larsen, CDA international marketing specialist at 303-239-4118 or email Tim.Larsen@ag.state.co.us.
In 2010, Colorado companies exported agricultural products to 105 countries. The Markets Division at the Colorado Department of Agriculture provides assistance to Colorado agricultural and food companies to develop market opportunities in Colorado, across the nation, and around the globe. International marketing specialists are available to assist in beginning and expanding Colorado’s export markets. Assistance includes training for export operations, assessment of market options, international financing and accessing USDA funding support.
For more information visit www.coloradoagriculture.com.