Central Pennsylvania's agriculture community is facing increasing pressures from encroaching urban development and shrinking agricultural support infrastructure. As medium-sized agriculture seeks to expand and intensify production, pressure from local residents and townships have increased to keep farming operations small. A qualitative study identified the perceived barriers and challenges that agriculture faces in remaining profitable. The farmers appeared to be expecting a less favorable future, while large agricultural businesses viewed their future positively. The shortage of agricultural labor was the one theme that all sectors of the industry viewed as being a barrier to their future business success.
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Ferry, N. M., & Brock, W. C. (2003). The Changing Landscape of Central Pennsylvania: Agricultural Industry at a Crossroads. The Journal of Extension, 41(4), Article 10. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss4/10