More news this week from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation:
We commissioned an industry economic impact study in 2008 which showed our industry's total benefit to the state exceeds $3.76 billion annually. That's old data, and surely now conservative. So we're going to do another one using 2012 data, and also include the economic impact of the other farm-based craft beverages (beer, spirits, cider).
Meanwhile, our friends at Farm Credit East have published the latest data on the "Impact of Agriculture, Commercial Fishing, Forestry and Related Businesses in Six Northeastern States". The total farm gate value of $8.9 billion and 130,579 jobs grows to $17.2 billion and $175,294 jobs when you add in farm and local community impact, and further to $71.3 billion and 378,665 jobs when processing activity is factored in. New York is by far the largest of the six states, with a total economic impact of $38.4 billion and 196,000 jobs, or more than half the totals.