Promoting Agricultural Economic Development
Berks County has a long and rich agricultural history, and it remains one of its top industries. Berks County ranks third in Pennsylvania in the market value of agricultural products sold and in the top ten of most crop and livestock categories.
Agricultural production continues to grow and innovate. The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) is working collaboratively with the Berks County Commissioners and the Berks Agricultural Resource Network (B.A.R.N.) to offer resources and economic development support to Berks County farmers and increase consumer awareness of local producers and products.
Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) offer provides low-interest loans and lines of credit for a variety of different industry sectors eligible for financing including manufacturing, industrial, agricultural, research and development, hospitality, defense conversion, recycling, construction, child day-care, retail and service, export and computer-related service enterprises. Uses:
- Land and building acquisitions
- Construction and renovation costs
- Machinery and equipment purchases
- Working capital and accounts receivable lines of credit
- Multi-tenant facility projects
- Industrial park projects
Monthly Agriculture Resource Newsletter
Newsletter in collaboration with Berks County Department of Agriculture
- Ag news
- Financial Resources
- News Farmers Can Use
- Ag Related Events
- Ag Related Job Openings
Grow Together Campaign
GRCA, in cooperation with the Berks County Commissioners and the B.A.R.N. has launched the “Grow Together” campaign to promote locally produced agricultural products that are available in season and connect consumers with Berks County’s farmers. The program includes:
Marketing Support and Alvernia Partnership
Alvernia University is another partner of the “Grow Together” Campaign that is helping to expand opportunities for Berks County agriculture. Through Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute, farmers in Berks County will be able to receive free online and social media marketing assistance and other services from its talented student fellows. Farmers interested or already engaged in direct-to-consumer marketing are encouraged to sign up for this free service to help you expand and grow in 2021. Please contact Michelle Lehman, Director of Student & Client Services, 610-790-2960.