Since 2009, U.S. agricultural exports have increased more than 50% in value, from $96.3 billion to USDA’s forecast of $145 billion in fiscal year 2013. U.S. imports of agricultural products are also projected to reach a record$115 billion, up 11% from 2012. According to USDA’s Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade, grain and feed exports are forecast down $1.9 billion, primarily due to lower corn exports. Oilseed exports are projected to increase by $3.3 billion on much higher volumes and record prices. Livestock, poultry and dairy exports are estimated to be down $100 million. The agricultural trade balance estimate for fiscal year 2013 is a surplus of $30 billion.