August 27, 2012
DiNapoli: Agriculture Big Business in New York
New York State continues to be a leading agricultural state with 36,300 farms producing $4.7 billion in products annually, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. New York ranks among the largest producers in the nation for some goods, including ranking second in wine production.
“While farming in New York is mainly a small, family business, its economic impact is widespread,” DiNapoli said. “Farming supports thousands of New Yorkers in a variety of industries and services, such as food processing, trucking and tourism. Farms also protect open space and improve public health by meeting the rising demand for nutritious, locally grown food. We need to do all we can to make sure New York farmers can successfully continue their way of life.”
The report was announced at the New York State Fair, a showcase for New York’s agricultural community since 1841.
Most of the state’s regions contribute significantly to New York’s agricultural production, with the Finger Lakes region leading the way with 30 percent of statewide agricultural sales. The North County accounts for 14 percent while Central New York produces 12 percent.
Milk remains New York’s largest farm product, accounting for almost half of the state’s agricultural sales in 2010. New York was the nation’s fourth-largest milk producer and ranked first in the production of cottage cheese and sour cream. Further, New York is well on its way to being a national leader in the production of Greek-style yogurt.
New York was the second-largest producer of wine in the nation behind California, producing 36 million gallons of wine in 2010. The volume of wine grape production, which accounted for about 35 percent of the state’s grape production, rose by 17 percent in 2010.
New York had 374 wineries in 2012, more than triple the number in 2000, according to the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. Three-quarters of the wineries were located in three areas: the Finger Lakes and surrounding counties, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley.
DiNapoli’s report provides details on New York’s agricultural sector, including:
For a copy of the report visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/osdc/rpt7-2013.pdf