Colorado agricultural exports in the first half of the year rose 27 percent from the same period last year, to $508.9 million, state officials said Wednesday. This success exceeds the national ag export increase of 15 percent.
Colorado exports of meat, hides and skins; animal products such as milk, eggs and honey; miscellaneous food; and miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit were all up.
“With continued efforts to open more global markets to Colorado and U.S. beef, we look forward to further increases in our beef exports,” Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp said in a written statement.
South Korea has reduced some of its barriers to U.S. beef in the past year, Larsen said, and Russia has started buying much more of Colorado’s edible beef, going from about $100,000 in imports from Colorado in the first six months of 2009 to $19.5 million in the same period this year.
Colorado’s exports of edible beef to Mexico are down about 20 percent through June. Industry groups say they expect that to rise because Mexico has since announced an end to antidumping duties placed on U.S. beef.
Colorado is Canada’s largest supplier of fresh beef and Mexico’s second-largest supplier, the state Agriculture Department said.