Last week, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report which finds that Agriculture contributed $37.6 billion to New York’s economy in 2012, which represents a 22% increase in the last five years. It also finds that New York ranks in the top 10 nationally for milk and other dairy production, as well as wine, apples, maple syrup and other products.

Comptroller DiNapoli said:

“New York’s economy is still fueled by agricultural activity and the production of food.  Farms in New York are 98 percent family-owned, yet compete on a national level, diversifying our economy and keeping our local communities strong. It makes economic sense for the state to retain and promote our farms to feed our residents and preserve our land.”

Farming is an important part of the Upstate economy, and we’re pleased to see that agricultural activity is increasing in New York.