- The USDA expects the country will import a record amount of agricultural crops in the current fiscal year. The only area where export growth is expected is in fresh fruit and vegetables.
- The federal agency expects fresh produce exports to reach $7.9 billion for the fiscal year, which runs through September 2015. That would represent a rise of 6.4%.
- The biggest segment of the produce export business in the recently completed fiscal year was fresh berries shipped to Canada.
It's good news that American growers are producing enough fresh produce to feed this nation's growing appetite for fresh food, and still have enough to actually increase exports.
Still, perhaps it would be wise to be a bit more cautious, particularly with, say, olives. We don't produce many here. But Europe's crop is collapsing. And we'd hate to have to go back to cooking with something other than olive oil.