Ag exports boost North Dakota economy

November 20, 2019 – According to the US Department of Commerce (USDC), several of North Dakota’s food commodities showed strong annual growth in 2018, including corn (93.1%), wheat (26.8%), rapeseed (canola) (62.7%), and soybean oilcakes (70.6%).


Soybeans, already the top ag export for the state, also increased by 8% (to $62.4 million), with over $20 million going to Canada instead of China. Peas, chickpeas, lentils and flaxseeds are also key exports.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), credits North Dakota with $4.5 billion in domestic agricultural exports in 2017. This makes North Dakota the country’s ninth-largest ag-exporting state.

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