AgConnect Partnership 


AgConnect is a vibrant network of farmers, business owners, and service providers connecting farmers to business resources, training, and financing to grow business and promoting smart agricultural economic development. 

AgConnect, a regional private-public partnership, is an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council and serves Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. 

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Funding for Youth Career Showcases

Are you a teacher, 4-H 

leader, or FFA adviser 

who would like to offer 

your students a field trip 

to learn about a career 

in agriculture, but need 

funding for buses or 

substitute teachers? 

AgConnect can help!


AgConnect and 

Penn State Extension - 

Chester County received 

a grant from the PA 

Department of 

Environmental Protection 

to provide career 

showcase opportunities 

to youth in Berks and 

Chester Counties! A 

limited amount of funds 

are available for buses 

and substitute teachers.


To apply for funds, please complete this surveyIf you have any questions,please call Jodi at 610-321-8226.

Farm Business Planning 
Due to the unique nature of each agricultural business plan, SCORE volunteers will be offering one-on-one business consultation services to help get your agricultural business on track in the new year. 

To schedule your free appointment with a SCORE volunteer, please contact your local chapter. 

Chester County: 610-344-6919

Berks County:



Montgomery County:

Bucks County:
Celebrate National Agriculture Day with AgConnect
AgConnect will be holding a very special National Agriculture Day Dinner on Tuesday, March 25. Please save the date and plan to join us to celebrate agriculture in Southeastern PA!

AgConnect is an initiative Chester County Economic Development Council funded in part by the private sector along with grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Discovered in PA, Developed in PA program and the PA Department of Labor and Industry.
How Does AgConnect Impact Agriculture?

"I had a wonderful experience in the Eastern PA Permaculture design course. The most important thing I learned that has enhanced my skills is to work with what we have on site. Big expensive equipment is not always necessary to produce a yield. Sometimes problems are actually opportunities. I was provided with a new way of viewing the landscape. An understanding that there is no such thing as waste in our world. I now have a technical set of skills for ecological/affordable food production that is scale-able. I can use these skills on any size site whether urban or rural. I work as a Landscape architect as well as in the food industry. I feel that this course has bridged the gap between the two worlds, not only has it provided me with alternative design ideas but it has made me more familiar with the current trend towards ecological eating in the restaurant world." - Rachel, 2013

How Can You Stay In Touch with AgConnect in 2014?

AgConnect has a brand new website! Please check it out at It is a brand new resource website made possible with funding from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development's Discovered in PA, Developed in PA program. 


Website sponsorship opportunities are available. Also, if you have an event you would like to feature, service provider we should add to a listing, or marketplace item you have for sale or are looking to purchase, please forward it to [email protected]


AgConnect is on Facebook and Twitter!

On Twitter: agpartnerssepa

Filling in the Gaps: Tools for Hiring Farm Employees

Friday, February 28, 2014

8:30 - 10 a.m.

CCEDC Conference Center


Are you ready to take the next step in your farm business by hiring additional farm help? Whether you're looking for volunteers, seasonal help, or full-time employees, you should know how these decisions will effect you productively, financially, and legally! The morning's panelists will help you search more effectively for employees which will help you move your business forward, better understand the steps necessary to hire on-farm employees, and how to legally protect yourself and your employees so you mutually benefit from the work experience!


Panelists will include:

Emily Yeiser of the Center for Dairy Excellence

Joe Stratton of Stratton's Farm Consulting and Stratton's Wynnorr Farm

Karen E. Eichman of the Law Office of Karen E. Eichman, Esquire, PLLC


8 - 8:30 a.m. -      Registration and Refreshments

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Panelists' Presentations

9:30 - 10 a.m. -    Q & A with the Panelists


New Early Bird Registration - $10 by January 31

Regular Registration - $15

To register, visit 

Registration Open for PASA's Farming for the Future Conference

February 5-8, 2014

The Penn Stater, State College, PA


Register at:

Early Bird Registration ends January 3. Use code EBD14


Scholarships are available through AgConnect and funding from the PA Department of Labor & Industry and Chester County Workforce Investment Board to those who have NOT previously used funding to attend the conference. Applications are available at

Registration Open: PA Dairy Summit

Wednesday-Thursday, February 12-13, 2014

The Penn Stater, State College, PA


Scholarships are available for dairy producers in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties by AgConnect through a grant from the PA Department of Labor and Industry and Chester County Workforce Investment Board. 


SAVE THE DATE: Farmers' Market Manager Conference

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Chester County Economic Development Council

Conference Center

737 Constitution Drive, Exton


This program will be funded in part by AgConnect through a grant from the PA Department of Labor and Industry and Chester County Workforce Investment Board.