The US agriculture industry is enjoying something I've never seen in my lifetime. Exports have boomed and are booming even with a very strong dollar. We were told both can't happen at the same time but they have and they still are happening.
It amazes me California can do this with very little water. The drought in California is very serious and still the state leads the way in ag exports.
Our non GMO soybean exports from Ohio keeps our little state near the top ten exporting states which is also very amazing to me. That has been a very important market for us in this region and most of my soybeans have been exported to Asia over the past 11 years.
The longshoremen's strike in Oregon is slowing this trend down. I hope it is settled quickly but it doesn't look that way. Hanjin has already pulled out of Portland in a major news flash this week.
Trade makes the world go round as each region can grow something the rest of the world needs. Shipping has become a major business over my lifetime and was never more important than it is today. Truck driving was reported as the number one job in many states and that also made the news this week. Whether that is true or not, most of our products are moved by truck.
We are enjoying fantastic exports in agriculture and I see no reason why it should not continue.