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Agriculture is big business in New York State, according to a state comptroller’s report. The state has 36,300 farms that produced $4.7 billion of products in 2010.

The Finger Lakes alone accounts for nearly one-third of the state’s total farm sales:

The Finger Lakes region (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties) accounted for nearly 30 percent of the State’s total farm sales. Wyoming County was the State’s largest producer of milk and corn silage (i.e., animal feed), and Wayne County was first in apple production. The region is also known for its 95 wineries, which are a major tourist attraction.

Milk accounts for nearly half of the state’s agriculture sales. New York is the number one producer in the nation of sour cream and cottage cheese. The state is second in the production of wine, maple syrup and cabbage. Apples are the number one fruit crop in the state.

Bon apetit!

Links of the Day:

– Political ads are a “bonanza” for local TV stations in Rochester.

– This looks all kind of bad. The assembly quietly settled a sexual harassment complaint against a powerful downstate assemblyman earlier this year. Since then, two more staffers have accused him of unwanted contact.

– More supermarkets are hiring dietitians. Wegmans has the “grande dame.”

– Residents of a Maryland town are divided over a proposed Wegmans.

– Chicago’s suburban gun shops are a main source of crime weapons in the city.

Cool map of Rochester neighborhoods.

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