Agriculture, growing plants and raising animals, is important to New York State. About 23 percent of the state’s land area, or 7.2 million acres of land, are used by the 35,500 farms to produce food products.
Milk is New York’s leading agricultural product and ranks third in the United States for milk production.
New York ranks second in the nation for our production of apples. Our leading varieties are McIntosh, Empire, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.
Grapes for juice and wine now places New York second in US production behind California. The four major grape producing areas are near Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, the Hudson Valley and eastern Long Island.
In 2014, New York produced 546,000 gallons of maple syrup which ranked our state second in the nation behind Vermont.
Farmers in New York grow many other crops and raise birds and animals too! In 2012, New York ranked 13th in the country for sheep, goat, wool and mohair production.