Agriculture is a critical component of New York State’s economy. The food grown in the state provides many benefits to residents of New York City including employment, tax revenue, access to fresh and local food, open space preservation, farmers markets and tourism. A recent publication from NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, The Importance of Agriculture to the New York State Economy, summarizes statewide data from the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. Here we highlight some key numbers related to food jobs, economic growth and impact, agricultural commodities and urban agriculture.
1 Data for the Comptroller’s report is drawn primarily from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture (most recently 2012) and supplemented by data from the USDA Agricultural Statistics Service.
2 Schmit, Todd. “The Contribution of Agriculture to the New York Economy.” Research & Policy Brief Series. Community & Regional Development Institute. Ithaca: Cornell University, August 2014.