Cumberland County officials want to ‘grow’ economy through agri-business

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – For the first time in more than a decade, Cumberland County officials are developing an economic plan. The main focus is agri-business, which is the process from farm to table.

The county has more than 1,400 farms that brought in more than $200 million last year. They were able to bring in so much revenue because of two main factors; the county has more than 150,000 acres of farmland with world class soil, and it is within a half days’ drive to half of the nation’s population, a unique position county officials want to capitalize on.

“We see a great opportunity for jobs and continued economic growth by trying to fuel and encourage this food system part of the economy here in Cumberland County,” Dave Swartz of the Cumberland County Penn State Ag Extension said.

There are are other aspects to the economic plan. You can find it online by visiting

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