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Chester County Ag Council

Chester County Agricultural Economic Strategic Plan

Welcome to Chester County's Ag Economic Development Strategic Plan (AEDSP), the county's vision for the local agricultural economy.

Chester County, one of the leading agricultural regions in the state, is at a crossroads. Farming, a cornerstone in the local economy, is facing challenges exacerbated by the pandemic including increasing labor shortages, lack of access to farmland for new and beginning farmers, increased development pressure and environmental fluctuations. At the same time, the industry is well positioned to take advantage of an increased interest in local food production and agritourism, as well as a proximity to cutting-edge research institutions and population centers. This plan was created in partnership with ag stakeholders from across the region to facilitate a successful transition to the future by supporting our local communities and letting agriculture entrepreneurs do what they do best: innovate. View full PDF.

Vision

Recommendation Strategies

Implementation and Equity

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