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New York Agriculture

New York is a leading agricultural state, worth $5.75 billion in revenue 2017. Below is the latest data available, provided by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and Farm Credit East.

According to the USDA 2017 Ag Census, there were 33,438 farms in New York State and 6,866,171 acres in production. New York farms employ 55,363 people. Dairy and milk production accounts for nearly 26,000 jobs in New York State. Grain and oilseed farming employs nearly 15,500.  Veggie and melon farming is responsible for 7,750 jobs.  All sectors of agriculture, including processing, are responsible for nearly 200,000 jobs in New York State.

  • 98% of farms in New York are family owned
  • 6,866,171 acres in production, down from 7,183,576 in 2012
  • Average farm size is 205 acres, up from 202 acres in 2012
  • 21,860 female producers and 35,985 male producers
  • Average producer age is 55.8 years old.
  • 6,718 producers under the age of 35

New York's National Ranking in 2017

1st— yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream

2nd— apples, snap peas, maple syrup, cabbage

3rd— dairy cows, milk production, grapes, and total Italian cheese

4th— corn silage and total cheese

5th— tart cherries, green peas and squash

New York’s Top 10 Agricultural Products

  1. Milk
  2. Corn for grain
  3. Hay
  4. Cattle and calves
  5. Apples
  6. Floriculture
  7. Cabbage
  8. Sweet corn
  9. Potatoes
  10. Tomatoes

Value of New York Farm Products

Cash receipts by commodity in 2017 was:

  • Dairy Products and milk -- $2.7 billion 
  • Apples -- $343 million
  • Corn--$256 million 
  • Cattle and Calves --$333 million 
  • Poultry and Eggs--$153 million