Product No.: 14048
Date Published: 09/2014
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Geographic Area Covered: The nine-county DVRPC region: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey.
Key Words: Aging Farmers, Agriculture, Beginning Farmers, Business Plan, Capital, Cash Flow, Census of Agriculture, Credit, Collateral, Community Development Financial Institution, Conservation Easement, Crowdfunding, Direct Sales, Diversified Agriculture, Farms, Farm Service Administration, Farm Credit, Farming, Farmland, Farmland Preservation, Financial Assistance, Food System, Greater Philadelphia, Individual Development Account, Microloans, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Sustainable, Tax Credit, Technical Assistance, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Working Landscapes
- Alison M. Hastings, PP, AICP (email@example.com)
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