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Farms generated $5.7 billion for the state of New York's economy in 2017, according to a new report.

ALBANY — A new report from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli finds that farms generated $5.7 billion for the state's economy in 2017.

The report released Thursday found that milk continues to dominate as the state's largest single commodity, with $2.5 billion in sales in 2017.

While New York is the nation's third biggest milk producer based on sales, the state ranks as No. 1 when it comes to yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream.

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According to the report, New York had more than 33,000 farms in 2017 that employed 55,000 people.

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DiNapoli, a Democrat, says the numbers highlight the economic importance that agriculture plays in the state.

While total acreage has declined in recent years, net farm income was up 20 percent since 2017.

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