ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- Most of the news regarding recent U.S. farm exports has been negative, but new U.S. pork export numbers are changing that story. In July, U.S. pork exports were the best ever. Total sales were over 232 metric tons-up 32% from a year ago with total value reaching over $623 million-up 34%. One of the big reasons for the increase was the removal of tariffs in the Mexican market. Our July pork sales to Mexico went up 19% in volume and up 38% in value to nearly $127 million.
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August was also a busy month for dairy exports under the Cooperatives Working Together Program of the National Milk Producers' Federation. Those sales included over 4 and a half million pounds of cheese, almost one and a half million pounds of whole milk powder, over 700,000 pounds of cream cheese and over 88,000 pounds of anhydrous milkfat. Those products are heading to buyers in 11 countries in Asia, Central America, the Middle East, North Africa and South America. Through the first 8 months of this year the program has shipped out over 44 million pounds of cheese, 4.2 million pounds of butter, almost 4 And a half million pounds of cream cheese and 38 million pounds of whole milk powder.
Three farm families in western and central Wisconsin have been chosen as finalists for this year's $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award. The award is named for Conservationist Aldo Leopold and recognizes landowners who demonstrate high standards when it comes to soil, water, land and livestock conservation. The finalists include Bill and Bridget Ciolkosz of Thorp in Clark County, who operate a 200 cow dairy farm-Jeff and Kelly Lake of Boyceville in Dunn County. They run a 1,500 acre crop farm. And the third finalists are John and Dorothy Priske of Fall River in Columbia County. They operate a no till, rotational grazing beef operation. The winners will be announced in December at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention at Wisconsin Dells.
The Interior Department is sending states over $170 million for state identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Wisconsin will get just over $3 million of that total while Minnesota will get just under $3 million. California will get the most-about 14 and a half million with Texas getting 9.7 million dollars.