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Kansas 7th in nation for agricultural exports

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A new government report shows Kansas ranked seventh in the nation last year as an exporter of agricultural products to other countries.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service on Tuesday cited a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture pegging the total value of the state's 2011 farm exports at $5.3 billion. That's up 7 percent from the previous year.

Wheat was the top Kansas export, accounting for 29 percent of the state's total farm exports and 14 percent of the nation's wheat exports.

The value of exports increased for wheat, corn, pork, beef and veal, hides and skins. It declined for other categories.

Kansas was second in the nation for wheat exports and third for beef exports.