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Agriculture

Centrally located in the Mid-Hudson/Catskill region of New York State, Ulster County is home to a diverse array of agricultural enterprises and a long agricultural history. The fertile valleys of Ulster County have been cultivated for over 700 years, and the region was one of the earliest major agricultural areas in the United States, producing food for local populations, New York City, and export markets. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County has been a leader in providing technical assistance and training to farmers in the County since 1913.

New York is a leading agricultural state, worth $5.05 billion in 2016. Below is the latest data available, provided by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Farm Credit East.

Rankings:

NYS: 25th in the Country

Ulster County: 36th in the State

Ulster County Overall Operations Growth:

  1. New and beginning farmers: 56%
  2. Farms 1-49 acres: 52%
  3. Young producers: 22%

NYS Employment:

  • Dairy and Milk Production: 26,000 jobs
  • Grain and Oilseed Farming: 15,500 jobs
  • Vegetable and Melon Farming: 7,750 jobs
  • All Sectors of Agriculture: 197,745 jobs 

Ulster County Top Crop Production:

  1. Forage
  2. Apples
  3. Vegetables
  4. Corn for grain

NYS Top 10 Ag Products:

  1. Milk
  2. Corn for grain
  3. Hay 
  4. Cattle and calves
  5. Apples
  6. Floriculture
  7. Cabbage
  8. Sweet Corn
  9. Potatoes
  10. Tomatoes

Ulster County Top Livestock Production:

  1. Layers
  2. Cattle and Calves
  3. Horses
  4. Broilers/Meat Birds

NYS National Ranking (2016):

  1. Yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream
  2. Apples, snap peas, maple syrup
  3. Dairy cows, milk production, grapes, cabbage, and total Italian cheese
  4. Corn silage and total cheese
  5. Tart cherries and calves

Ulster County Segment Growth:

  • Livestock: 50%
  • New & Beginning Farmers: 48%
  • Farms 1-9 acres: 40%
  • Young Producers: 35%
  • Field Crops & Forage: 5%
  • Berries: 21%
  • Grapes: 19%

Value of NYS Farm Products (2016):

  • $2.5B - Dairy and milk
  • $317M - Apples
  • $292M - Corn
  • $283M - Cattle and Calves
  • $141M - Poultry and Eggs

Ulster County Operational Decreases:

  • Farms 70-99 acres: 52%
  • Farms 2,000+ acres: 50%
  • Vegetables: 27%
  • Overall Farmland (58,932): 17%
  • Number of Farms (421): 13%
  • Orchards: 12%

Last updated September 24, 2019