Agriculture in New York state paid near $1 billion in wages and produced roughly $3.3 billion in gross home product in 2021, in keeping with a report by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The sector has proved to be amongst the most resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping simply 1% of jobs in 2020 in comparison with the statewide annual employment lack of 8.7%. Both employment and wages in the farming sector grew in 2021 to achieve new highs of 23,868 workers and $970.2 million in wages.
“Agriculture supports jobs and communities throughout New York,” DiNapoli mentioned. “In addition to the growth in employment and wages in the sector, local farms contributed to the food security in their communities during the COVID pandemic as disrupted supply chains left shelves empty in many places. Agriculture, particularly the family farm, is vital to New York’s health and economy. Many of our farms face significant challenges to their bottom line, making it important for the state to ensure that this sector continues to thrive.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, milk is the state’s largest agricultural commodity, rating fifth nationally in gross sales. New York can also be amongst the high producers of many different merchandise, together with different dairy merchandise, apples, maple syrup, wine, and grapes, and roughly 9% of the state’s agricultural receipts come from crops grown for animal feed. According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, there are over 33,000 farms in New York with almost 23% of the whole land space in agricultural use.
DiNapoli’s report famous that a lot of the earnings earned on farms recirculates again into the farmer’s group. In addition to native taxes and the wages paid for farm staff, this consists of supporting a wide range of native companies and companies, making farming an engine of their native economies.
The report features a breakdown on:
- Employment, whole wages paid, and common annual pay of farm workers;
- The sector’s impact on state jobs, staff, and communities.
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A Profile of Agriculture in New York State, Office of the State Comptroller (2019)
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