Agribusiness

Agribusiness Keeps Growing in New York State

With abundant farmland, programs and incentives, New York is cultivating success for growers and producers

When people think of New York State, they may not think of agribusiness. Yet approximately 20% of the state’s land area is used for farming.  The Empire State is rich with farms that produce a variety of field crops, fruits, and an abundance of milk — all of which support a wide array of food manufacturers. New York’s top five ranking in milk production supports manufacturing of award-winning cheese and yogurt, including industry leaders Chobani and Fage, and HP Hood, a national food and beverage processor, announced plans in 2019 to expand its operations in Steuben County. New York State beets and apples are among the many ingredients to successful products that got their start here.

The state’s natural resources, from forests to farms—coupled with top educational institutions including Cornell University, SUNY Cobleskill, Genesee Community College and SUNY- ESF—enable the success of our wide array of agribusinesses. That success, in turn, supports the state’s economy in many ways, including creation of new jobs and growth in tourism. New York State timber also is a base for paper products, furniture manufacturing and flooring. New York plants the seed for agribusiness both here, and around the world. The Grow-NY food and agriculture competition, announced in 2019 and focused on food and agriculture innovation in the Finger Lakes, Central New York and Southern Tier regions, will offer a total of $3 million in funding for each round to innovative high-growth start-ups that are focused on the food and agriculture industry.

A New York State farm.

More than 33,000 farms produce New York State’s vast array of raw products to be used in food and beverage production.

Farmers harvesting apples from trees.

New York State is the second-largest producer of apples and maple syrup; second in cabbage and snap beans; third in grapes, grape juice and wine; and fourth in pears.

Sterling Forest State Park in the Hudson Valley.

New York’s forest covers 63% of the State’s total land area, supporting the wood products industry as well as recreational opportunities; the forest sector has an economic impact of $13 billion.

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Industry Contact 

Gio Holmquist
Director, Industry Development; Agribusiness, Distribution Centers, Cyber & Homeland Security
(518) 292-5200