The internationalization of U.S. agriculture
Agricultural trade is a major component in the international trade account of the United States. The agricultural community can take pride in the important contribution of American farms and ranches toward feeding the peoples of the world. Assisted by its natural attributes of abundant and rich farmland and a generally temperate climate in combination with unsurpassed warehousing facilities, this country serves as the world's food storehouse. The United States is the primary supplier of numerous agricultural commodities to many countries, and it is also a major but marginal supplier to many others, including a number of the world's leading importers. Foreign buyers are heavily dependent on the reliability of supplies from the United States.