About New York Farm Bureau
FARM BUREAU ORGANIZATION
The mission of New York Farm Bureau is "To Serve And Strengthen Agriculture."
Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, volunteer organization financed and controlled by member families for the purpose of solving economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural industry.
Farm Bureau‘s "grassroots" policy development process continues to ensure that the organization represents the majority position of its membership. Policy development begins at the county level with problem identification and culminates at the New York Farm Bureau Annual Meeting with resolutions addressing the issues.
Our success in implementing policies depends upon our active, well-informed membership guided by the efforts of many dedicated volunteer leaders.
With a membership numbering almost 30,000 member families, it is evident that Farm Bureau is the voice of New York agriculture. Farm Bureau will continue to meet the needs of those who make farming their livelihood and rural New York their home.
FARM BUREAU BELIEFS
AGRICULTURE IN NEW YORK
Agriculture is New York‘s most important industry. The farm economy generated $4.45 billion in 2008. Farm income used for employee compensation ($461 million), maintenance and repairs ($180 million), property taxes ($223 million), marketing and transportation ($106 million), and energy costs ($267 million), according to 2007-08 data.
There are approximately 35,000 farms in New York State and 99 percent of those are family owned. A viable and strong agricultural industry is not only beneficial to the state‘s farm and food industry, but to the economy of the state, hundreds of local communities, and to all consumers of New York.
New York has a tremendous agricultural resource base with abundant rainfall, productive soil, sufficient growing season, and proximity to the nation’s largest markets. The outlook for the future of New York agriculture is one of great potential for a vigorous and thriving industry.