New York is an Agricultural State!
- About 23% of the State’s land area, or 7.2 million acres, is used by ~35,500 farms to produce a diverse array of products.
- That adds up to nearly 1.5 million head of cattle, 40,000 acres of apple trees, $25 million worth of maple syrup and 14.9 billion pounds of milk, according to the USDA.
- Milk is New York’s leading agricultural product; milk sales account for ½ of the total agricultural receipts.
New York is a leading agricultural producer in the U.S. According to this article on August 24, 2016, numbers have shifted slightly in the past 5 years.
See how our state ranks (based on 2017 State Agriculture Overview):
#1 Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream
#2 Apples (1.4 billion pounds), Maple Syrup (~700,000 gallons), and Cabbage (about 325 million pounds)
#3 Dairy (620,000 head of cattle), Grapes (145,000 tons)
#4 Squash (60 million pounds), Pears (6.5 tons)
#5 Tart Cherries (10.5 million pounds), Onions (~260 million pounds), Sweet Corn (1 million farming acres)
#6 Fruit, Tree Nuts, Berries
#8 Cut Christmas Trees
#9 Harvested Vegetables
#13 Vegetables, Melons, Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
#18 Field Crops and Hay
#29 Poultry and Eggs, Hogs and Pigs