Jun 24, 2010 1:00 PM by Greg Boyce
Colorado's agricultural producers continue to expand their products into global markets. The Colorado Department of Agriculture reports ag exports grew 21 percent in the first quarter of 2010.
"Colorado's first quarter agricultural exports exceeded $223.8 million. It's great to see such a strong start to the year," said Commissioner of Agriculture, John Stulp.
Meat exports were up 27 percent to Canada, and 40 percent to Korea. Slight drops were reported in exports to Japan and Mexico. Colorado was the number one supplier of beef products to Russia in the first quarter of 2010, shipping 27 percent of all its beef.
Exports of Colorado sunflowers grew 173 percent. Colorado is currently ranked fifth nationally for sunflower exports with the largest markets being Turkey, Mexico and Jordan.
In 2009, Colorado companies exported $1.28 billion in agricultural products to 99 countries.