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Pennsylvania Center for Farm Transitions

The Center for Farm Transitions' mission is to provide information, referrals and consultations to Pennsylvania's farmers, developing comprehensive plans that will secure and maintain farming's important role in the Commonwealth's economy.  The Center works with beginning farmers seeking their own agricultural operations and next generation farmers who will own and manage their family farms. 

PASA Farm Lease Connection

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) administers Farm Lease Connection (FLC), a program using web technology and personal communication to bring together landowners and farmers seeking land. Program registrants have access to confidential online listings, and once a registrant indicates an interest in a property, FLC staff arrange direct contact between landowner and farmer, as well as providing land leasing information to assist in the process. 

Cultivating Community: A Plan for Union County's Future (Excerpt)

The primary purpose of Cultivating Community: A Plan for Union County’s Future is to chart a course that can be used by the County and municipalities; their partners in the public, private, and non-profit/institutional sectors; and by citizens in making decisions that affect the County’s future. While not technically a legal document dictating how a community is to be developed, a comprehensive plan outlines a vision and how it is to be realized via planning policy, capital investment, and regulatory tools.

Pennsylvania Farm Link

Pennsylvania Farm Link (PFL) is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to creating farming opportunities for the next generation to ensure that Pennsylvania farmland stays in farming. PFL offers a land linking database that matches landowners with prospective farmers. PFL also provides educational workshops and resources for both entering farmers and landowners.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

The mission of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is to build a more sustainable, healthy, and equitable food system for the region. They organize, support, and mobilize a 12-state network of organizations and individuals to ensure the strategic impact of a collective voice as they take action toward common goals. Their work strengthens and coordinates the work of hundreds of other organizations by building synergy among them and aligning resources to achieve systemic change at all levels.

Time on Your Side: New Initiative Helps Counties Structure Installment Purchase Agreements

Pennsylvania farmland protection officials retooled their installment purchase
agreement (IPA) program and launched a public information campaign to
encourage both counties and landowners to use IPAs to conserve more farmland.
IPAs allow a landowner to defer capital gains taxes for up to 30 years and collect
interest from the county on the balance of the easement price. That interest, which
may average 5.5 to 5.7 percent, is tax-free. Thus, an IPA relieves landowners of a significant

Nitrogen Management Performance Guarantee System for Corn Producers in Pennsylvania: Feasability to Improve Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay

By many measures, the Chesapeake Bay is falling short of its potential to provide vital ecological services, food production and recreational uses. Nitrogen (N) pollution represents the most critical impairment because it accelerates algal growth and reduces the oxygen levels required by aquatic organisms. Agriculture is both the leading source of nutrients and a major contributor to the progress in reducing nutrient loading to date. Pennsylvania farmers alone have been responsible for 41% of all the N reductions from agriculture in the entire watershed.

Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach - State and Regional Planning

This is one of two webinars as part of a series hosted by American Farmland Trust -- Planning for Agriculture and Food:Taking a Systems Approach.

State and Regional Planning, November 15
Presenters include Alison Hastings, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC); Brian Williams, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC); and Erica Campbell, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VJSF).

Eating Here: Greater Philadelphia's Food System Plan

Food can be viewed through the lenses of homeland security, emergency preparedness and human services, private industry and business, environmental stewardship, land use, and public utility, among other categories. This publication is based on the ongoing work of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the Greater Philadelphia Food System Stakeholder Committee.

The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Protected open spaces – public parks, preserved farmland, and private conserved lands – provide substantial economic, environmental, and public health benefits to surrounding communities. These benefits, however, are generally not well understood and are often undervalued in policy debates and investment decisions. In the interest of fostering a better understanding of these benefits, this study estimates the economic value generated by protected open space in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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