Agriculture in Pennsylvania

Resource Guide for Ag Lending Prepared by the Chester County Economics Development Council

General Ag Resources:

Ag Lending Resources:

Dairy Resources:

Recent article with mini-case story showing some important aspects of dairy management in American Agriculturalist


Bedford County Companies

Bedford County Sites and Buildings

Business Energy & Funding Saving Programs

  • DCED.PA.Gov – Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) – Renewable Energy Program; High Performance Building; Pollution Prevention Assistance Program; Solar Energy Program; and Alternative and Clean Energy.
  • – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection – Small Business Advantage Grant Program (keyword: SBAdvantage)
  • – FirstEnergy Programs – Commercial & Industrial Incentive Programs; Motors and Drives Incentives for Business Program; HVAC Incentives for Business Program; Custom Incentives for Business Program; and Non-Standard Lighting Incentives for Business.
  • –  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – USDA Rural Development provides funding opportunities in the form of payments, grants, loans, and loan guarantees, for the development and commercialization of renewable energy sources including wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen, ocean waves, hydroelectric, biomass, and biofuel (ethanol, biodiesel, etc.) to change the way people power their homes, businesses, and industries.

Business Resources

Career Resources

  • Aerotek – Has grown to become one of the top global recruiting and staffing agencies.
  • Career Services for Allegany College of Maryland – College Central Network is the primary job posting service for Allegany College of Maryland.
  • PA CareerLink – A job gateway service
  • Bedford PA CareerLink – A statewide network of conveniently located centers and online services which connect employers with skilled workers.
  • Skills of Central PA – Creating opportunities and providing support for people with disabilities
  • Spherion – Is a staffing leader with local roots and a passion for placing the right person in the right job.

Economic Development Partners


  • KIZ – Keystone Innovation Zone – An incentive program that provides tax credits to for-profit companies less than eight years old operating within specific targeted industries within the boundaries of a Keystone Innovation Zone.
  • PA Job Creation Tax Credit Program (JCTC) – If you’re planning any changes, expansions, etc that will generate new jobs, you may be eligible for tax credits under the PA JCTC


  • Bedford County, Pennsylvania – Crossroads of Heritage & Hospitality – The Bedford County Government.
  • Data.Gov – A federal government website to provide information about its activities that businesses and individuals might be interested in.
  • Grants.Gov – Provides information about government grant programs that are available to a variety of entities, including businesses, non-governmental organizations and state and local governments.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development – Easy accessible resources for loan and grant applications, eligibility information and program descriptions.

Informational Resources

Workforce Development

  •– Are you looking for employees and/or wish to post job openings?  You can post them on this site at no charge!  You may also search the current Allegany College of MD student resumes.  It will take a few minutes to register and then your on your way.