New York’s 36,300 farms pumped out $4.7 billion worth of products in 2010, according to a state analysis released Monday.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s report found dairy farmers reported the largest portion of those agriculture sales, accounting for about $2.2 billion of the total. It ranked New York as the fourth-largest milk producing state in the country.
“While farming in New York is mainly a small, family business, its economic impact is widespread,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “Farming supports thousands of New Yorkers in a variety of industries and services, such as food processing, trucking and tourism.”
According to the Comptroller’s Office analysis, New York produced more cottage cheese and sour cream than any other state. The state also ranked second in apple production in 2010.
DiNapoli’s report also touted the state’s growing yogurt industry, which produced 553.7 million pounds of the dairy product in 2011. That’s a 140 percent increase since 2008, the report found.