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Celebrating The Northeast’s $103 Billion Industry

Agriculture plays a significant role in the Northeast. As the nation takes pause to celebrate the industry on National Ag Day, Farm Credit East honors the men and women who are part of it.

This year’s National Ag Day is Tuesday, March 15. Learn more about National Ag Day here. The event recognizes and celebrates the producers, industry leaders and others whose goal is to produce and process food, fiber and fuel for the world.

Northeast agriculture is unrivaled in its diversity and consumer. Taken together, agriculture – including fruit, vegetable, dairy, commercial fishing and forest products – generates more than $103 billion of economic activity and supports more than 483,000 jobs throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.

Both the land and people of the Northeast benefit from agriculture; our region’s nearly 80,000 farms operate more than 12 million acres, with a production that contributes an estimated $8,500-per-acre to the economy of each Northeast state. That economic impact equates to about $2,400 per resident.

“Agriculture, commercial fishing and the forest products industries are all important contributors to the Northeast economy,” says Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “The Northeast is fortunate to have strong agricultural diversity, ranging from dairy to commercial fishing, fruit, vegetable, vineyard, forest products, nursery and greenhouse across the states in our region.”

View Farm Credit East’s Northeast Economic Engine: Agriculture, Forest Products and Commercial Fishing, or view the video below to learn more about our region’s agriculture, what it means to our customers and residents, and how sectors like row crop, dairy, fruit, vegetable, greenhouse, forestry and fishing contribute to the Northeast economy.

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