Agricultural Development

Tioga County has a major agricultural economic base. Agricultural products produced include: milk, beef, soybeans, grains and hay, pork, lamb, maple syrup, honey and lumber.

The data used in most reports of agricultural activities contain only wage and salary employment for those persons covered by Unemployment Compensation; therefore, self-employed persons (including family farmers) are not counted in most databases. The 2006 data shows just 97 farm workers in the County. This is an understatement of the value of farming to Tioga County. There were 973 farms in the County in 2002; 541 principal operators of these farms earned their primary income from agriculture. Total income received from farming was $1.39 million in that year.

Agriculture provides $48.6 million in sales or almost $50,000 per farm. Livestock and livestock products accounted for almost 87% of the total. Tioga County’s farms produce over 1% of the state’s farm output. According to the data, both wages and payroll are increasing rapidly in this sector with gains of 15.4% and 24.4% respectively. Both were far higher than the Commonwealth averages of 3.7% and 2.1%.

Tioga County Agricultural Statistics                       Farm Scene                      
Number of Farms
973 Farms; 986 farms in 1997

Land in Farms
200,041 acres in 2002; 203,147 acres in 1997

Average Size of Farm
206 acres in 2002; 206 acres in 1997

Market Value of Production
$48,610,000 in 2002; $45,879,000 in 1997
Crop sales accounted for $6,381,000 of 2002 total
Livestock sales accounted for $42,229,000 of 2002 total

Market Value of Production, Average Per Farm
$49,958 in 2002; $46,531 in 1997

Source: 2002 Census of Agriculture conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS)