ESI was retained by Team Pennsylvania to update the 2018 report “Pennsylvania Agriculture: A Look at the Economic Impact and Future Trends.” ESI provided updated numbers on Pennsylvania’s farming sector and offered further insights into why these changes may be occurring. It also takes a close look at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill, at national trends in the agricultural industry, and on the impacts of broader events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and continued impacts from climate change, to present a full picture of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry today.
ESI conducted various analyses of the many subsectors of the agricultural industry of Pennsylvania. Additionally, ESI examined how the new bill might impact the several sectors of the agricultural industry within Pennsylvania and generate spillover effects which might be beneficial for the local economy. Lastly, ESI provided policy recommendations and adjustments on how the sector can perform more efficiently