This research report explores the equity creation options for farmers practicing sustainable agriculture in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The report discusses issues these farmers face involving development rights, land access, consumer demand and revenue, and data on nutritious food consumption in the U.S.
The Next Generation Farmer Loan Program uses federal tax-exempt mortgage financing to reduce a farmer’s interest rate for capital purchases, such as the purchase of farm land or agricultural machinery and equipment.
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.
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.
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 (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.
Agriculture and natural resources are vital economic sectors in Berks and Schuylkill counties. In Berks County, the total economic output of agriculture, food, wood and farm supply businesses was more than $1.2 billion in 2002. Schuylkill County’s more modest sector still totaled $444 million.
Clean and Green is a land conservation program that lowers the property tax rate for the vast majority of landowners who enroll in the program. Landowners are obligated to devote their land to agricultural use, agricultural reserve use, or forest reserve use in order to qualify for lower property taxes.
The Union County Board of County Commissioners and American Farmland Trust conducted a survey of farmers and farmland owners to identify issues affecting farming in Union County, Pennsylvania.
To provide comprehensive assistance to beginning and established food entrepreneurs thus promoting sustainable economic development of rural communities. The Center offers services, outreach and research development opportunities in four critical areas: business and product process development, product safety, process/product technology transfer and product commercialization.
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.
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
In this issue:
- AFT creates new service for professionals
- INNOVATIONS: "Grassbanks" for Southwest ranchers
- AFT honors Berg with workshop
- LEGISLATIVE REPORT: Farmer-friendly ESA reform
- USING RESOURCES WISELY: NJ promotes stewardship, land protection
- GOOD DEALS: Florida ranch, wildlife protected
- THE LAND ON THE LINE: Sludge: Fertilizer or pollutant?
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.
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).
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.
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.
Food system planning is the integration of food system issues into policies, plans, and programming at all levels of government work. It has recently become a recognized expertise within the planning profession and a growing network of planners and their partners are engaged in strengthening the community, regional, and national food systems.
Provides authorization for the Department of Agriculture in consultation with the Department of Education and the Department of Health, to establish a program to award grants for the purpose of developing the Healthy Farms and Healthy Schools Program in kindergarten classes in this Commonwealth.
Provides a definition of the term "Farmers' Market" within the jurisdiction of Philadelphia.
The ranking criteria used by Chester County, Pennsylvania's PACE program.
Application form for the Chester County, Pennsylvania purchase of agricultural conservation easement program.
Application form for Bucks County, Pennsylvania purchase of agricultural easement program.