Economic Impact of the Equine Industry on Southeastern Pennsylvania

The equine industry is an important part of the agricultural sector of the Pennsylvania economy and the 10-County Southeastern region of the Commonwealth. This region is made up of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York Counties. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture this Region accounts for 36 percent of the equine population and 32 percent of the equine farms in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

The mission of Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau is to promote the business, economic and educational interests of our members, to maintain our leadership role in the agricultural industry, and to remain financially viable while offering superior programs and services.

The purpose of this study is to provide an objective estimate of the economic contribution that our industry makes to the economy of this region. This impact is expressed in terms of output, final demand, employment, household income, and tax revenue, and it provides current statistics about the equine population in the region. 

This information is being provided to policy makers in the Legislature, local government officials, equine industry participants, and the general public to demonstrate the importance and contribution of the equine industry.