A Reliable Waterway System Is Important to Agriculture describes the importance of marine transportation to fiscal 2014 agricultural exports, forecast at $137 billion. Agriculture will provide a $27.5 billion trade surplus to the American economy, with imports forecast at $109.5 billion. Forestry and fishery products, and critical farm inputs such as fertilizer, feed, and fuel move on the waterway system as well. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that every $1 billion in farm exports supports roughly 8,400 jobs in the United States.
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