Agriculture is important to New York State. The value of agricultural production was over $5.40 billion in 2017. About 23 percent of the state’s land area, or 7 million acres, are used by the 33,000 farms to produce a very diverse array of food products.
Livestock and dairy production is the largest sector of NYS agriculture and provided $3.2 billion value of production to farmers in 2017.
NEW YORK STATE HAS A ROBUST CATTLE INDUSTRY WITH BEEF AND DAIRY FARMS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE GREAT MAJORITY OF COUNTIES. THE STATE HOUSES OVER 1 MILLION HEAD OF CATTLE. THE LARGEST BEEF PRODUCING COUNTY IN NY IS STEUBEN COUNTY WITH OVER 8,000 HEAD REPORTED IN THE 2017 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE.
NEW YORK’S BEEF COMMUNITY IS MADE UP OF HARD WORKING AND DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN. SIMILAR TO THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, 92% OF FARMS IN NY ARE FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED.