The value of U.S. agricultural exports fell by 4 percent from May to June, with bulk products declining more than high-value products. Fiscal-year-to-date exports are $52.3 billion-about $4.3 billion higher than the same period in fiscal 2005.

Year-to-date export values of cotton, corn, fruit juice, and nuts are all substantially higher than last year. Wheat shipments are keeping pace with the first 9 months of fiscal 2005 while corn volumes are slightly ahead of last year's pace. Cotton shipments rose in June with the largest increases going to Turkey, Mexico, and Indonesia. China continues to account for half of U.S. cotton shipments. China, Mexico, Japan, and the EU-25 account for three-fourths of U.S. soybean shipments.

The value of U.S. agricultural imports fell by 6 percent from May to June. Imports are $48.4 billion so far in fiscal 2006, up $5 billion from this time during fiscal 2005. Although slowing from May to June, the import values of sugar, rubber, vegetable oils, and fresh and frozen vegetables are considerably higher compared with the first 9 months of fiscal 2005. Mexico supplies more than half of the value of fresh and frozen vegetables. Chile and Mexico supply half of the import value of fresh and frozen fruit.

Source: USDA