Newest data shows increase in Nevada food and agriculture exports

Food and ag now sixth highest export category in Nevada


Rebecca Allured
public information officer
(SPARKS, Nev.) - April 12, 2018

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division for 2017 on the total Nevada food and agriculture exports show more than $362 million in annual exports. This is an 8.5 percent year over year increase, and a 106 percent increase since 2013. Nevada food and agriculture exports have increased steadily year after year since 2013, even while other Nevada exports have decreased.

“Exports are one of the leading indicators of a successful food and agriculture industry, and we’re excited to have another year of increase in export sales,” Director Jim Barbee of the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) said. “Our team has been working hard to bring in more buyers, both nationally and internationally.”

While approximately 16 percent of Nevada’s total food and agriculture exports go to China, the recently proposed tariff increases are not currently identified on any of those products.

This data combines all 37 agricultural export product categories in Nevada, including dairy products, produce, plants and more. With this new data, food and agriculture exports become the sixth highest export category in Nevada, up from the ninth last year.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and health and human safety through effective service and education. The NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.