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.

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.
Filling in the Gaps: Tools for Hiring Farm Employees

RESCHEDULED: January 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 1

Regular Registration - $15

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!


Early Bird Registration of $10 if you register before Thanksgiving!

$15 regular registration

Registration fee includes hand outs and a light lunch