Lower oilseed exports slowed agricultural export growth in 2018
The value of U.S. agricultural exports increased slightly in 2018, driven by gains in all major commodity groups except oilseeds and oilseed products. Total growth was limited by an 11 percent decline in oilseed and oilseed product exports relative to 2017. As a share of total export value, horticultural product exports represented the largest category with $34.2 billion–or 24% of total agricultural exports–exported in 2018. After declining in 2018, oilseed and oilseed product exports fell to the fourth largest export category after ranking second in 2016 and 2017.
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