Cayuga County’s economy is heavily influenced by agriculture as the county is among the top sellers of agricultural products within New York State.  This is evidence of the industry’s significant presence and importance in the county.  According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Cayuga County’s 238,444 acres of farmland produced $293.5M in market value of products sold.


Ranking by Agricultural Products Sold Among New York Counties
Grains & dry beans 1st
Soybeans for beans 1st
Dairy Sales:  Milk from cows 2nd
Dairy Sales:  Cattle & calves 2nd
Corn for silage 2nd
Corn for grain 3rd
Sheep, goats, wool, mohair, & milk 3rd
Total Value 2nd
Source: US Department of Agriculture, 2012 Census of Agriculture


Ranking by Agricultural Products Sold in U.S. 
Milk from cows 39 2,038
Corn for silage 34 2,237
Vegetables, melons, potatoes, & sweet potatoes 154 2,802
Sheep & lambs (livestock inventory) 151 2,897
Sheep, goats, wool, mohair, & milk 151 2,988
Value of livestock, poultry, & their products 181 3,076
Total Value 286 3,077
*Universe is number of counties in U.S. with item.

Source: US Department of Agriculture, 2012 Census of Agriculture


Agricultural businesses in the county enjoy an array of benefits and assets, including:

  • Over 3,000 acres dedicated to certified organic production.
  • Support from the Farmland Protection Program and Cayuga County’s Department of Planning and Economic Development, which work with local farmers to develop alternative energy sources and foster agribusiness and agricultural economic development.
  • The construction of a value-added milk processing facility, which will lead to product sales in global food manufacturing and nutrition markets.
  • Proximity to the growing yogurt production industry in upstate New York that hosts leading brands of Greek-style yogurt.


Featured Sites

Cayuga Milk Ingredients, Grober Nutrition, Cayuga Economic Development Agency
Cayuga County Industrial Park – Aurelius, NY

Regional agricultural-based resources:


Cayuga County Agriculture

Cayuga County Agriculture Economic Resources Summit