Planting the Seeds for Success
The New York agriculture industry is thriving, producing billions of dollars in revenue each year as a leading fruit and vegetable producer. This is especially true in Franklin County, which is home to over 600 farms. Here, top exports include potatoes, hay, and maple syrup. Thanks to low tax rates and low utility costs in Franklin County, farms are able to keep costs low while producing high-quality food products. In addition to fruits and vegetables, Franklin County is also a leader in dairy production, with abundant local dairy farms exporting their products locally and nationwide.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a farmer-driven small grants program that funds high priority, cutting-edge research and technical assistance for all sectors of agriculture in six Northern New York counties, including Franklin County.
- North Country Region
North Country Leads in Sales and Research
The North Country region of New York includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties and is home to nearly 4,200 farms. It ranks second in the state for total agricultural sales, and also ranks second in total farm acreage, with over 1.1 million acres. The North Country is the leading producer of maple syrup in the state, and the second largest source of milk. It also ranks first for sales of hay and other crops. Recent innovative research projects from The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program include studies on dairy calf growth and health, soil health, maple and honey research, biomass optimization, and much more.
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