U.S. agricultural exports reached a record $68.7 billion in fiscal year 2006, about $6.2 billion higher than the record set in fiscal 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 2006 export value for fruits and preparations rose to $4.6 billion, up $485 million from fiscal 2005. Most of the increase for this category was for fruit—up $360 million from 2005; fruit juice exports rose $126 million from 2005 to 2006.

Vegetables and preparations rose to $3.9 billion, an increase of $273 million from 2005 to 2006. Most of the increase was in processed vegetables. Dried beans, peas and lentils rose $86 million; frozen vegetables rose $71 million. Fresh vegetables rose $62 billion from 2005 to 2006.

California, which accounts for 15 percent of all ag exports, continued to dominate the sector. Ag exports topped $10.5 billion in 2006, up 11 percent from 2005.

Iowa, Texas and Illinois followed as top exporting states, while Minnesota dropped to seventh behind Nebraska and Kansas.

North Carolina joined the top 10, displacing North Dakota at the number nine position. Feed grain exports moved ahead of soybean exports, with Iowa and Illinois dominating in those markets. California continued to dominate vegetables, fruits, tree nuts, seeds and dairy.

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