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 SCCD Updates


The Snyder County Conservation District, along with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and Penn State Extension, will be holding a Farmers Field Day on By-A-Dam Site Farms along Troup Road, Beaver Springs on Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Free lunch will be provided. (Register by November 3.)

Attending farmers will discover management tools and gain information about handling manure nutrients, minimizing soil loss and increase soil water retention. Experts will also discuss cover crop mixtures and how farmers can improve their soil’s health.

A rainfall simulator will show farmers how different soil conditions react in regards to soil runoff and soil infiltration.  A soil scientist will guide attendees what to look for underneath the soil surface. Soil quality and manure spreader calibration demonstrations are also scheduled. Farmers will look at a demonstration plot where the Penn State interseeder sowed cover crops between standing corn rows.

Want more information? Please contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician (570-837-3000, x118) or check out our flyer and news release.

The Snyder County Conservation District had a display at the Beaver Community Fair in Beaver Springs from September 15 - 20, 2014. Various materials were available for the general public to pick up and take home.
During the fair, the Snyder County 4-H Foundation gave an award to the Conservation District on September 18 for their support to the local 4-H program.

Click here for more details and photos regarding the Conservation District at the Beaver Fair.

A Penns Creek Ecology Day, sponsored by the Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association (LPCWA), was held on August 9, 2014. One session was held in the morning and one was held in the afternoon.

This was an “hands on” session where participants of all ages collected and handled bugs, fish, and other critters. Representatives from Susquehanna University and Snyder and Union County Conservation District offered guidance throughout the event.

More details about the event can be checked out here! Contact Jason Winey, Watershed Specialist, at the Snyder County Conservation District office in Middleburg at 570-837-3000, extension 112, if you plan to attend.

Note: SCCD staff members helped out with a similar presentation for local Girl Scouts held at Camp Karoondinha, a Boy Scouts of America facility in western Union County on August 6. 


The Snyder County Conservation District is currently selling a large selection of bird feeders, as well as suet and bird seed. Click to view or download a description of what we have.

We also are selling bat houses for $40.00 each.

Questions? Call us at 570-837-3000 or email us at

Any Snyder County farmer interested in hiring a private consultant to write a manure management plan (MMP) or a nutrient management plan (NMP) can apply for funding assistance through the Snyder County Conservation District.

Interested farmers must complete an application with the Conservation District by Friday, September 26, 2014. Applications are available at the office at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg. Contact Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician at 570-837-3000, x118, or click here for more information.

The Conservation District offered a cornstalk nitrate testing service for farmers. This test helped give farmers an idea of whether they under applied, over applied or applied enough nitrogen (through chemical fertilizer, manure and other sources) for this year’s corn. It can also be a guide for 2015’s crop.

For more information, either click here or contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

The State Conservation Commission (SCC) is again offering a tax credit program (REAP) again for farmers who have:

  1. Already have installed best management practices (BMPs), or
  2. Plan to do so by June 2015.

Tax Credits may also go towards the purchase of no-till planting and other certain equipment. Costs not covered by financial assistance programs for farmers to hire people to write manure management plans (MMPs), nutrient management plans (NMPs), conservation plans or agricultural erosion & sedimentation (Ag. E&S) plans are also eligible.

Contact Barry Spangler (SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, 570-837-3000, x118) or Joel Semke (SCCD REAP Administrator, 717-787-8821) for more information.


 Farmers, Livestock & Horse Owners ...

Do You Have the Following?

Nutrient or Manure Management Plan?
Ag. E&S or Conservation Plan?


If yes, are they up to date? If not, meet with the Snyder County Conservation District as soon as possible. We will explain what is required of you and point you to the right direction. PA DEP has been conducting inspections throughout Snyder County to determine if farmers are following the new regulations.


Contact us and go to our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more details.

PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has produced a Manure Management Plan (MMP) workbook required for farmers to complete who produce, handle or spread manure and are not required to have a nutrient management plan such as concentrated animal operations (CAOs) and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Individuals who even raise one steer, one goat, one sheep, etc., are required to have a MMP.

Questions about environmental regulations or manure management planning can be forwarded to Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician, 570-837-3000, x118. You can also go to our Agricultural Erosion Prevention, Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Conservation Assistance web pages for more information.

The SCCD encourages any person who raises livestock and/or crops (no matter the number or type) to contact us. We will schedule to meet with you to explain what is required. It is better to meet with us now instead of meeting someone else later (e.g.: DEP, US Environmental Protection Agency) during a random inspection or responding to a complaint.

Recent Happenings: Go to "Conservation News" section of this web page for additional details.

What's New:

News Release:

Effective Now:

  • Notice! Farmers and anyone else who manage, produce, receive or use manure must have a Manure Management Plan!
Upcoming Events:


 General Information

A conservation district is a subdivision of state government that follows county lines as boundaries. Funding for the conservation district's programs is obtained from the Snyder County Commissioners, PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other agencies. The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) was founded in 1956.

A partial list of what we are involved with includes:
  • Worksite Erosion Prevention (Erosion and Sedimentation)
  • Agricultural Nutrient Management (e.g.: Act 38)
  • Agricultural Conservation Assistance
  • Improving Dirt & Gravel Roads
  • Watershed Protection & Organizations
  • Agricultural Land Preservation
  • Conservation Education & Promotion
  • Other Services (e.g.: tree seedling sales, topographic map sales)
The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is governed by a seven member board of volunteer directors. The Board of Directors meet monthly to plan and direct local conservation issues. To accomplish their goals and objectives, the board relies on their staff, paid employs of the Conservation District, and cooperating agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) PA Game Commission, PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA Bureau of Forestry, Farm Service Agency, Penn State Cooperative Extension, among others. 

 Contact Information

Snyder County Conservation District
10541 Route 522
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-3000
Fax: (570) 837-7300
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Invitation for Bids

Invitation for Bids: Farmland for Rent

The Snyder County Conservation District is accepting bids for the rental of 52 tillable acres of land in Penn Township, Snyder County. The land is located on both sides of Salem Road on the former Selinsgrove Center farm. The bid is to be submitted per acre by Thursday, October 2, 2014 to the Snyder County Conservation District by 2:00 p.m. Bid opening will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 2.

There will be one high bidder chosen. The lease will be for 5 years and be subject to following a conservation plan. Bids may be submitted by mail, fax or email. Send bids to Snyder County Conservation District, 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, PA 17842 or by FAX (570-837-7300) or by email to Please reference correspondence to “Selinsgrove Center Farmland.” Any questions concerning the bidding process or farming operation may be directed to Craig Bingman at 570-837-3000, x114 or

 Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals for Agricultural Conservation Plan Development

Conservation Plan Writers: The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) requests proposals for Agricultural Conservation Plan Development on farms in the county. The SCCD is covering the costs of plan development through a Special Project grant from the PA Chesapeake Bay Program.

All plans must be completed and submitted to the Conservation District by March 6, 2015. It should be presumed that all cropland and pasture acreage needs to be under a NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) style conservation plan (through the NRCS National Planning Procedures Handbook) unless otherwise noted. Plans must also meet PA Chapter 102 erosion and sedimentation regulations and be written by a certified conservation plan writer approved by NRCS.

Interested persons should ask for a request for proposals packet for additional information and proposal submission requirements. For requests or information, please contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, either by phone (570-837-3000, x118) or by the email.

Proposals must be submitted by 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 to the SCCD.

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