The Central Pennsylvania region provides fertile ground for the food processing industry. Additionally, our close proximity to the majority of the nation’s population and seaports makes Central PA a smart choice for food manufacturing. Other successful companies such as Kellogg’s, Wise Foods, Del Monte, Conagra, Furmano Foods and Weis Markets have found a dependable workforce and a supportive community. Central Pennsylvania has many sources of organic goods as well as support for sustainable practices.
- Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences – for information on research and educational programs.
- Penn State Sustainable Agriculture– for information on activities in the Central PA region in sustainable agriculture.
Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture – Sustainable and organic Farms and other information regarding sustainable farming. PASA works to increase the number of farms and the economic viability of existing farms in Pennsylvania through farm-based educational programs, organizing an annual conference, publishing a quarterly newsletter, networking to build markets for local and sustainably produced food, providing educational programs and opportunities for new farmers, and providing information and education on farmer-developed value-added products.
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture – contains statewide agriculture information and programs, including maps, advertising, and over 3000 agricultural business listings.
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Product Development – provides assistance with product promotion worldwide.