New study: Apples have increased economic impact in New York state

A new study, conducted by Cornell University, shows that the apple industry has a much larger economic impact than previous data suggests.

Local farmer David Johnson, the owner of Apple Hills in Binghamton, is preparing his orchard for a fruitful season: “During the winter time, I’m pruning every day, so when you folks are cold, driving your cars to work, I’m out there working in the orchards, I’m shaping them up, I’m making them look really pretty so they grow lots of apples this fall. I’m doing everything I can to have a good fall crop.”

The new study shows data proving that the apple industry produces more than $2 billion a year. In addition to the revenue, it also supports about 12,000 jobs. According to Johnson, New York State is the perfect place to grow apples, saying that the climate is very ideal for the fruit.

According to¸ New York State produces the second most apples in the country, right behind Washington state.

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