A farmer/producer must be a qualified entity who produces a commodity entirely harvested from a PA location or grown on a PA location for at least 75% of its production cycle.
PA Preferred® farms are growing fruits, vegetables, and grains. They are raising animals for both meat and milk. Farmers are the heart of the PA Preferred® program and easily qualify for the program when they are located within Pennsylvania. Eligible beef farms raise the animals for at least 100 days in Pennsylvania.
A processor must be a qualified entity who processes a commodity at a facility in Pennsylvania and that commodity must be produced in Pennsylvania to the maximum extent possible given seasonal restrictions and market availability.
Our food processors include a variety of businesses that process commodities into preserved items such as jams, salsas, pickles, dressings, etc. Some examples of PA Preferred® beverage processors include brewers, wineries, and distilleries. Fluid milk plants also fall into this category.