Water hydrates your crops and livestock throughout the year. It also ensures those commodities reach their final destination. U.S. ports exported 142 million metric tons of agricultural goods in 2015, based on the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
That’s more than three times the volume of ag imports the U.S. acquired from destinations around the world over the same period. A handful of key ports are responsible for the bulk of agricultural trade in the U.S. The charts below show how agricultural commodities move into the global market.