New York Agriculture

New York is a leading agricultural state, worth $5.05 billion in 2016. 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.

In 2014 there were 35,537 farms in New York State and 7,183,576 acres of farmland.

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 in New York State is responsible for 197,745 jobs.

New York's National Ranking in 2016

1st— yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream

2nd— apples, snap peas, maple syrup

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

4th— corn silage and total cheese

5th— tart cherries, calves

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 2016 was:

  • Dairy Products and milk -- $2.5 billion 
  • Apples -- $317 million
  • Corn--$292 million 
  • Cattle and Calves --$283 million 
  • Poultry and Eggs--$141 million