Farming Facts

The Ag Council develops data sheets on a variety of agricultural topics to assess agriculture’s contribution to Chester County’s economy and landscape. We receive data assistance from representatives from the Brandywine Conservancy, Chester County Conservation District, Chester County Economic Development Council, Chester County Open Space Department, Chester/Delaware Farm Bureau, New Bolton Center, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), Penn State Cooperative Extension, and USDA Farm Service Agency. Please let us know what topics you would like to learn more about at adc@chesco.orgEquine Industry

Impact of the Equine Industry on the Economy of Southeastern Pennsylvania

The equine industry is an important part of the agricultural sector of the Pennsylvania economy and the 10-County Southeastern region of the Commonwealth. This region is made up of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York Counties. This study was commissioned by the Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau and funded in large part by a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as well as other funders including the Chester County Commissioners.

ACRE Info SheetTo learn more about the economic impact of the equine industry, please view the full report.

ACRE Info Sheet

As with any relationship, communication is key. It would be great for municipal officials and agricultural producers to work together to support the agricultural industry, but that doesn’t always happen. Here are some practical considerations for both municipal officials and producers to foster successful relationships, encourage an environment in which agriculture can thrive, and ACRE challenges can be avoided.

To learn more about ACRE, please view the ACRE Info Sheet.Backyard Chickens Info Sheet

Backyard Poultry Info Sheet

Small-scale, non-commercial raising of chickens and other fowl is an increasingly popular activity for those interested in access to fresh eggs, composted manure for gardens, teaching children about where food comes from and even helping control tick populations. However, it is imperative that homeowners follow certain steps to ensure a positive experience for themselves, their neighbors and their flock.

To learn more about backyard poultry in Chester County, please view the Backyard Poultry Info Sheet.Ag Census Info Sheet

2012 Ag Census Info Sheet

Currently Chester County’s agricultural industry is very stable, losing only a few of the total farms from the previous Ag Census. In addition, we have retained most of our farmland, having only lost 1 percent of farmland acreage from 2007. The mushroom and dairy industries continue to be a leading agricultural sectors in the county.

To learn more about the ag census, please view the Census of Agriculture Info Sheet.

Field Crops Info SheetField Crops Info Sheet

About 24 percent of the total land area in Chester County is used to grow field crops. This significant land use helps maintain the underpinnings of our agricultural industry. Our crops are generally grown for the purpose of producing animal feed, but they support and are used in other agricultural sectors, such as the mushroom and equine industries, as well.

To learn more about field crops in the county, please view the Field Crops in Chester County Info Sheet.

Mushroom Info SheetMushroom Info Sheet

Chester County is the Mushroom Capital of the world and mushrooms are the top vegetable crop in the County. The County’s approximately 60 mushroom farms contribute an estimated $2.17 billion to the local economy including sales, farm employment, taxes paid by farms, and the value of service industries that support mushroom farms. (Source: 2008 Penn State Economic Impact Study)

To learn more about Chester County's thriving mushroom industry, please view the Mushroom Info Sheet. 

Dairy Info SheetDairy Info Sheet

Dairy is one of Pennsylvania’s largest agricultural industries (and PA ranks 5th in the nation for dairy) with value of sales estimating almost $2 billion (2012 Ag Census). Chester County farms rank sixth in dairy revenue generation in Pennsylvania with at total farm revenue in 2012 of approximately $73 million, representing about 12% of the value of total agricultural products sold in the County.

To learn more about the dairy industry in the county please view the Dairy Info Sheet.