York County commissioners on Wednesday took action to help a Lancaster County family create an organic chicken farm in Chanceford Township.
Commissioners authorized the issuance by the York County Industrial Authority of up to $509,00 of tax-exempt financing to finance a portion of the purchase price of a farm of about 76 acres.
Kenetha Hansen of the York County Economic Alliance said the debt is private. But under the program, property owners can pay lower interest on the debt.
“It certainly helps to get started,” said Lloyd Groff Jr., who attended the meeting with his wife, Judy.
Groff said they purchased the property with a temporary loan in January. He said they plan to build two barns that can each house 37,800 chickens.
He said they hope to have the chicken operation up and running in August or September. And they expect to produce more than one million pounds of chicken meat a year.