People who live within a one-day drive100 Million
Cropland as compared to the costs in Pennsylvania60% Less
St. Lawrence County’s agricultural and agri-business sectors are “growing” – thanks to native good soils, low-cost renewable energy, and a cow-friendly climate. Some of the world’s safest, most wholesome, and delicious food and dairy products are grown, processed, and packed fresh on the County’s farms, greenhouses, and in our cheese and yogurt plants.
The county is home to 1,253 farms on 342,595 acres of land, according to the 2017 Agriculture Census. While the majority of these farms and resulting sales revenues are related to dairy and field crops, there is an increasing number of small, direct-to-consumer producers that includes 462 livestock and specialty crop producers, 59 vegetable farms, 33 fruit and nut producers, 32 greenhouse operators.
Agriculture Industries in St. Lawrence County
From feeding your neighbors at area farmer’s markets to feeding the world through our network of roads, bridges and the Port of Ogdensburg, you’ll find your agricultural home in St. Lawrence County.
A Leader in Agriculture
Over the past 10 years, the number of farms under 50 acres in size has increased to over 200 – showcasing the growing interest and support of the local food movement in St. Lawrence County.
Uniquely St. Lawrence County
St. Lawrence County boasts an abundance of affordable land that is subject to limited development pressures. Additionally, the agricultural community is supported by an active group of local organizations, including the Cornell Cooperative Extension, St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau, Soil and Water Conservation District, St. Lawrence County Maple Producers Association, GardenShare, the Local Living Venture, and the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency.
Annual St. Lawrence County Agriculture Sales (2017): $195 Million+
$191MCrop & Animal
$1MNurseries & Greenhouses
The four universities located in Canton-Potsdam offer market opportunities for a number of emerging Consumer Supported Agricultural producers, and a thriving environment for five of the County’s Farmers Markets.