On Monday, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued a report highlighting the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy. According to the report, New York’s 36,300 farms produced $4.7 billion worth of agricultural products in 2010. Dairy farmers reported the largest portion of those agriculture sales, accounting for about $2.2 billion of the total. It ranked New York as the fourth-largest milk producing state in the country.
This report shows just how significant farming is to the state’s economy. While many farmers are small, they have a huge economic impact. And a tremendous spillover effect, into industries such as tourism, food processing and transportation.