Exports Of New England Agriculture Soar

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A trade expert says exports of New England agriculture have soared in the last two years as the region capitalized on its brand.

Dennis Lynch is with the non-profit organization Food Export Northeast, which promotes food and agricultural exports, and said at a farm conference Thursday that the export of agricultural products has more than doubled since 2008 to about $1.2 billion last year. He said U.S. Commerce Department statistics show that exports to China from New England jumped from $85 million to $236 million.

Other countries buying from New England include Nigeria, Poland and Russia.

Lynch says New England is a global brand becoming known for more than just lobsters. Exports include produce, nursery, greenhouse and other agriculture products.

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