LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Wisconsin's Economic Department reports state exports increased by almost five percent in 2012.
While industrial machinery exports accounted for 31 percent of states exports, agriculture exports set a new record.
"We are looking at billions of dollars in exports. the latest numbers show 2.9 billion dollars in 2012," said Steve Huntzicker from UW-Extension of La Crosse.
The State Agriculture Department reports the 2.9 billion dollars in agriculture exports alone is a new state record with a three percent increase.
While crops like corn and soybeans played a role, Wisconsin leads the nation is exporting cranberries,yeast, ginseng, and flaxseed among other crops.
The Badger State is also second in the nation cheese exports.
Tuesday in Green Bay, cheesemakers from all across the state are at Lambeau Field to showcase their products at the US Championship Cheese Contest.
32-thousand pounds of cheese-mild, sharp, soft, hard, shredded or specialty-all are in high demand.
"The cheese that really hits the market for us is the specialty cheese," said Huntzicker.
Overall, figures from the UW Extension office show Wisconsin agriculture products are shipped to more than 140 countries.
Wisconsin ranks 18th in exports among the 50 states.
The top export partnerships were with Canada, Mexico, China, and Japan.
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