U.S. ag exports reached record $62.2 billion

U.S. agricultural exports reached a record $62.2 billion in fiscal 2004, boosted in part by a declining U.S. dollar.

Illinois moved ahead of Texas to rank third among U.S. agricultural exporting states after California and Iowa, as fiscal 2004 U.S. agricultural exports continued to expand.

Arkansas also replaced Indiana in the top 10 states in 2004. Illinois ranked first in soybean exports; California continued to dominate exports of vegetables and preparations, fruits and preparations, and tree nuts.