Exports are important for U.S. agricultural producers, as they make up a sizeable share of the market for many commodities.
In the case of cotton and almonds, the United States sends more of its product abroad than it consumes domestically.
Nearly 78 percent of all U.S. cotton is exported, with the bulk going to countries in North and Central America, including Canada, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
U.S.-produced almonds, grown almost exclusively in California, constitute nearly 80 percent of the global supply and are shipped worldwide, with 67 percent of production exported.
Rice, soybeans, and wheat also depend heavily on export markets, with about half of domestic production destined for non-U.S. markets. Click here to see more...