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State posts record agricultural sales

Posted at 8:58 AM, Dec 23, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-18 08:52:22-05

New York's farmers set record sales last year.

The state's cash receipts for crops, livestock and other raw agricultural products hit nearly $5.7 billion in 2013. That's up from $5.5 billion the year before.

The numbers were calculated by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and were announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

More than half of the receipts were for livestock, dairy and poultry items, with the rest coming from the sale of crops such as corn, fruits and vegetables.

The numbers don't include sales of products derived from New York agriculture, such as cheese, wine or cider.

Overall receipts in the U.S. were down slightly in 2013 to $401 billion from nearly $405 billion the year before.