Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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March 15, 2016

Statement from State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on National Agriculture Day

“Today, as the country marks National Agriculture Day, we recognize the hard work of our farmers—the one percent of our population that feed the remaining 99 percent—and celebrate the vibrant agricultural industry in New York State.

With Governor Cuomo’s commitment to grow agriculture and New York State farmers' increased innovation and resiliency, New York has a winning combination. With record sales and a significant growth trend in sales of many key commodities, the state continues to be a leader in the industry.

New York’s nearly 36,000 farms contribute more than $6.4 billion in direct sales to the state’s economy.  Our access to water, rich soils and proximity to market support New York as a diverse producer of commodities from cabbage and apples to milk and eggs. Just last year, New York’s nearly 5,000 dairy farms and 618,000 cows produced more than 14.1 billion pounds of milk, and over 1,600 vineyards and 400 wineries produced over 200 million bottles of wine.  We are a top producer of a wide variety of agricultural products in the country—from maple and farm based beverages to horticulture/nursery and wood products—and our potential has never been greater.

What’s more, New York’s producers are proud to be more connected to their consumers, meeting the demand for and helping to bring healthy, high-quality foods to the tables of New Yorkers in every corner of the state.

So today, on National Agriculture Day, I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on the impact New York agriculture and food industries have on the state’s economy, its job growth and opportunity, as well as the important role it plays in the health and well-being of our communities.”

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