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August 29, 2019

How Many Dairy Products Does Your State Export?

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has created graphics that shows the estimated impact dairy exports are having state-by-state.

Collectively, the U.S. exports $5.6 billion worth of dairy products annually, which has quadrupled since 2000. The top U.S. five exports markets include Mexico, Southeast Asia, Canada, China and Japan.

“Securing markets for Made-in-America agricultural products means increased economic opportunities for our dairy farmers, manufacturers and rural communities here at home,” says USDEC President and CEO Tom Vilsack.

Providing state-by-state estimates shows the impact dairy exports have locally. For example, California is exporting about $1.08 billion worth of products annually, which due to economic multiplier effects, means $2.17 billion in local economic impact providing more than 12,000 jobs.

In Wisconsin, exports total $778 million. The state has 200 dairy plants and exports have also created more than 12,000 jobs there.

For your state’s dairy export impact, click here or see the map below.


For total economic impact of dairy on a state-by-state basis, including jobs, wages, GDP contributions and taxes generated, click here, or see the map below.


USDEC, the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association has contributed data and analysis to make these estimates possible.