A new state comptroller report shows that New York farms generated $5.7 billion in gross income in 2017, up more than 23%from a decade earlier. More than 530 farms were located in Cortland County that year, covering more than 113,000 acres and generating just under $70,000 in revenue.
Farms are located in every region of the state, covering nearly a quarter of New York’s total land area (23%).
Most farmers in New York live on their farms, with 96% being family-owned. Women represent a growing
share of farm producers at more than 37%.
“Agriculture is an essential part of New York’s economy,” DiNapoli said. “Farms generate billions of dollars in sales, provide jobs and enhance our quality of life. But farmers face challenges including fluctuating milk prices, threats from a changing climate and disrupted trade relations. We need to build on our previous actions to make sure that agriculture can thrive in the Empire State for generations to come.”
More findings from the report:
-New York’s 33,400 farms employed more than 55,000 workers in 2017, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
-While the total number of farms and acreage declined from 2007 to 2017, their overall economic impact increased as net farm income grew by more than 20%. The number of certified organic farms also increased by over 60% from 2012 to 2017.
-New York ranks as a national leader for a variety of agricultural commodities. Milk is the state’s largest commodity, ranking third for sales nationwide in 2017, with sales of over $2.5 billion. The state leads the nation in the production of yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream.
-New York also ranks second nationwide for the production of apples and maple syrup, ranks third for grapes and eleventh for beer.
-New York is the third largest producer of wine, with its wineries producing nearly 32 million gallons in 2017.