AgConnect Partnership



AgConnect is a vibrant network of farmers, business owners, and service providers connecting farmers and agribusinesses with business resources, training, and financing to grow their business, and promoting agriculture as a viable career option.
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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.

Calling All Young or Beginning Farmers
AgBiz Masters, the nationally-recognized, award-winning learning series for young and beginning farmers, is pleased to open enrollment for its next class that will be held from November 2013 through March 2014. The program helps young and beginning farmers develop business and financial management skills to ensure long term sustainability of their businesses. AgBiz Masters takes a blended learning approach where participants complete five online modules and attend several in-person, regional sessions during each year of the two-year program. To learn more about AgBiz Masters and enroll online, visit The registration deadline is November 7, 2013.


Chester County Economic Development Council's AgConnect Partnership requests a proposal for services related to community supported agriculture businesses (CSAs) whom would like to use the Chester County Economic Development Council as a pick up site for their CSA offering. Proposals are being accepted in all areas including vegetables, fruit, meats, eggs, bakery items, dairy, and beyond.


Proposals are being accepted through November 7. For more information on review criteria, dates, or details, please call Jodi at 610-321-8226. 
Filling in the Gaps: Tools for Hiring Farm Employees

Thursday, November 14

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


To register, visit 

How Will You Keep Your Farm in Your Customer's Mind This Winter?

Keeping Customers Engaged with Your Farm or Agribusiness in the Off-Season with Lauryn Blakesley


Tuesday, December 3

8:30-10 a.m.

CCEDC Conference Center 


While the nights are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, you may be winding down your season. Do you have a plan to stay engaged with your customers while you're settled in - or doing your business planning - this winter? Lauryn Blakesley of The Vintage Mom and social media to-go to Eckerton Hill Farm will share her top tips for staying connected so your customers won't miss a beat this winter and early spring!

Farm Business Planning Workshop Series
This series is being rescheduled for the winter to avoid fall harvest and holiday conflicts. 

AgConnect and the SCORE volunteer facilitators would like to learn more about your needs in order to best plan this business planning series. Please complete this survey. We are tentatively looking to reschedule for February and will use your feedback to tailor class content and schedule.



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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.