The New York FFA Convention starts tomorrow. We hope you all leave your convention feeling inspired and ready to tackle all of the world’s challenges!

Here’s some interesting information about agriculture in The Empire State:

• New York’s fruit crops were valued at $363 million in 2007.

• Apples and Grapes lead New York fruit crops in value.

• Fresh Market vegetables rank 6th and processing vegetables are 7th among all states. Leading crops in New York are Cabbage, Sweet Corn and Onions.

• New York produces a variety of field crops largely in support of its dairy industry. Corn, oats and wheat are most widely grown with soybeans steadily increasing importance. New York ranks 2rd in corn silage, valued at $208 million. Production of grain corn ranked 22th with a value of $146 million.

• Milk is New York’s leading agricultural product and is produced all across the state. Milk sales account for over one-half of total agricultural receipts. Production in 2007 was 12.4 billion pounds, with a value of $2.2 billion. New York is the nation’s 3rd leading producer.

• New York ranks third for milk and dairy production in the United States.

• New York livestock producers marketed 228 million pounds of meat animals during 2007, bringing in $400 million in cash receipts. Sales from cattle and calves accounted for $318 million of the total, hogs and pigs returned $28 million, and sheep and lambs provided $10 million.

• The state has over 200 thousand ducks. It ranks fifth nationally for the production of duck meat and duck products.

• Eggs made up $59.8 million of the total followed by broilers at $6.57 million. New York ranks 22nd among all egg producing states.

For more  information about the New York FFA Association, check out their website and Facebook page.

Author: geoffreymillerffa

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