Thursday, June 09, 2005

New York Agriculture Statistics Service

Each year, the employees of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conduct hundreds of surveys and prepare reports covering virtually every facet of U.S. agriculture -- production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm aspects of the industry. The New York Agricultural Statistics Service provides a link between USDA, NASS, and New York.

The data can be useful for your agricultural clients writing business plans. For example, the web site contains County Brochures showing the number of farms, land area, and leading agricultural products for New York State counties (except Nassau, and NYC's 5 boroughs).

You can also view special surveys for the equine breeding industry, fruit tree and vineyards, and wineries. For example, Wayne County, with 17,156 acres, remains the major producing county of apples accounting for 38 percent of the state’s apple acreage. Ulster County continued in second position with 5,669 acres or 13 percent of the total apple acreage. Orleans County retained third place with 4,805 acres, 11 percent of the total apple acreage.

The Statistics Reports section includes data on dairy, honey, maple syrup and trout among other products. Additionally, there are weekly Crop Weather reports which can help your agricultural clients gauge how their competition is doing around the state. This week "Reports from Madison County are showing that strawberries were damaged from the frost a few weeks ago." If your client produces strawberries elsewhere, s/he may find a market this year in Madison County.

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