Pete's Produce - West Chester, Pa


AgConnect is a vibrant network of farmers, business owners, and service providers connecting farmers to business resources, training, and financing to grow business and promoting smart agricultural economic development. AgConnect, a regional private-public partnership, serves Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
Our network connects farmers with the following agricultural economic development services:

  • Technical Assistance in Producing Investment-Ready Business Plans
  • Site Selection for Agriculture Enterprises
  • Business Retention and Expansion Services
  • Farm Succession Planning
  • Economic Development Lending targeted to unique Agriculture needs
  • Agricultural Workforce Development

Since 2000, AgConnect has:

  • Administered the Next Generation Farmer Loan Program, a tax exempt loan program for first time farm buyers, closing more than 150 loans for more than $47 million helping farmers purchase 8,420 acres in PA.
  • Supported training of 2,003 workers from more than 943 companies through grants from the PA Department of Labor and Industry and USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program from 2007-2015.
  • Promoted agriculture as a viable career option to 3,900 students through career exploration showcases, career fairs, and events.

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AgConnect is funded in part by the private sector along with grants from the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Labor and Industry, and the Chester County Workforce Development Board.

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