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What the hay is custom farming?

An agricultural forum entitled "Local Outsourcing - The Role of Custom Farming in Chester County" is scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester.

What the hay is custom farming?

An agricultural forum entitled “Local Outsourcing - The Role of Custom Farming in Chester County" is scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester.

Part of a series of agricultural programs, the event will be hosted by  the Chester County Agricultural Development Council and the Chester County Economic Development Council. It will begin at 8 a.m. with a light breakfast and run until 10 a.m. The focus will be on the benefits and challenges of custom farming, a practice that enables a farmer to "outsource" parts of their operation to avoid significant equipment or labor costs. Non-farming landholders may opt for custom farming to achieve certain environmental managment goals for the land.

Agricultural stakeholders, planners, municipal officials and anyone interested in learning more about the county's farming industry are encouraged to attend. Speakers at the forum will include Wayne Brubaker, senior accountant and consultant for MSC Business Services/PA Farm Bureau; Jamie Hicks, co-owner of Hicks Brothers, LLC; Dennis Breckbill, owner of Breck-A-De-Farm; and James Jordan Jr., executive director of the Brandywine Valleys Association.The cost of the forum is $10 and registration is required by Dec. 2 by contacting the CCEDC at 610-458-5700 or visiting http://ccforum-dec7.eventbrite.com.

 

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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