Conservation District
Skip navigation links
Home
Skip navigation links
CommissionersExpand Commissioners
Children & Youth
Conservation DistrictExpand Conservation District
Courts
District Attorney & Victim Services
Elections & Voter Registration
Emergency Management & 911 Center
Snyder County GIS
Historical Society
Planning Commission
Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts
Register & Recorder
Tax Assessment
Tax Claim Bureau
County Treasurer
Veteran's Affairs
Sheriff
State Police
Snyder County Directory
Links
Conservation District
Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District
 
 

 Special Update for the Agricultural Community

DEP to Review Compliance of Selected Farms in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Continuing efforts to reduce annual loading of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment entering the Chesapeake Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has notified a selection of farmers in the Bay Watershed that officials will be visiting farms soon to verify and review the operation’s manure management and agricultural erosion and sediment control plans.

It is important that we identify good practices and become aware of gaps in having these mandated plans,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These visits will help us document compliance with state requirements, and direct resources where they are needed most.”

Initially, visits will be in high-priority areas of the watershed, to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment runoff as quickly as possible.

The value, McDonnell said, is as important nearby as it is further downstream. “Farmers’ plans control erosion and manage manure, which directly helps improve local water quality,” he said.

Approximately 2,000 of the 33,000 Pennsylvania farmers in the bay watershed were selected at random for notification by letter this week.

The letter notes that DEP is responsible for ensuring that the nutrient and sediment loads are reduced enough to meet federally mandated allocations by 2025, and that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the urban stormwater and agricultural sectors are not making sufficient progress toward achieving these allocations.

The visits will allow DEP and Conservation District staff to ensure compliance with basic requirements to have and implement written plans to:

  • Properly handle, store and land-apply animal manure and agricultural process wastewater on the farm consistent with the nutrient needs of growing crops (commonly referred to as a manure management plan, [MMP]); and
  • Properly manage risks of erosion and runoff from agricultural plowing or tilling operations and animal heavy use areas (commonly referred to as an agricultural erosion and sediment control plan, or Ag E&S Plan).

For more DEP information on Chesapeake Bay-related efforts, visit their Chesapeake Bay webpage.

Note #1: Snyder County Conservation District Board of Directors voted to assist with these visits for the current 2016-2017 PA fiscal year. Not all conservation districts have agreed to participate with these compliance visits.

Note #2: Much of this information was supplied by Brenda J. Shambaugh, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD).

Members of the Snyder County Farm Bureau asked the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) in late spring 2016 to write an article in its newsletter updating their members regarding the visited mentioned above. A copy of this article may be viewed from our website.

After reading the SCCD "Reboot" article, if you still have questions, please contact District Manager Craig Bingman at 570-837-3000, x114.

The take home message to the agricultural community: Work on making sure you have your plans, follow those plans, and keep records. Check out our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more information.

Above: A map of US states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed (white zone within green boundary).

 SCCD Updates

The Snyder County Conservation District, along with AgChoice Farm Credit, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, L & M Seed Dealership, Doebler’s, Rosetree Consulting, RHP Law Group, LLC and Susquehanna Valley Veterinary will host an agricultural winter meeting on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  The meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Conservation District is applying for Pesticide credits and has secure Manure Hauler/Broker and Nutrient Management credits from the PA Department of Agriculture.

Topics include: crop insurance, manure storage and handling safety, conservation district and U.S. Department of Agriculture updates, and agricultural conservation practices. Penn State Extension has agreed to talk about GMO crops as an IPM tool, pesticide resistance and agronomic crop production.

Lunch is $5.00 per person. Pay at the door. Call 570-837-3000 for reservations at the Conservation District Office (or Email: sccd@ptd.net) by Friday, February 3, 2017. Secure flyer here.

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is holding its annual tree, seed, and plant sale in 2017. We are offering the following: Concolor Fir, Norway Spruce, Japanese Larch, American Persimmon, Sycamore, White Oak, Honey Crisp Apple, Saturn Donut Peach, blueberries and currants, Shiitake Mushroom Logs, hop rhizomes, ginseng seed, wildflower mixes and sunflower seed.

Also, we are selling bluebird boxes, tree planting bars, rain barrels, tree tubes. tree planting bars and soil test kits.

You can download either a form that you can fill in with pen or pencil or a form that is in a fillable PDF format. Orders with payment are due Friday, March 31 and order can be picked up at our office Wednesday, April 12 (2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Thursday, April 13 (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

For more information, please contact Craig Bingman, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114, or to our general email (sccd@ptd.net).

 

The Snyder County Conservation District will host its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove.

Traditionally, many individuals, organizations and FFA members are honored for their efforts toward conservation. A delicious turkey and filling dinner will be served.

This year's guest speaker will be Mike Klimkos. Mr. Klimkos will give a presentation on “The Fires of Penn’s Woods”. Logging, charcoal making, railroads, mining and other industries that helped Pennsylvania grow were all dependent on Pennsylvania forests in order to prosper. Fire followed the axe as the vast forests of the state were cut. Come hear Mike tell the history of what formed our forests.

Tickets may be purchased from Conservation District Directors and Associate Directors or at the Conservation District office during regular work hours. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults are $15.00, children ages 6 to 12 are $8.00 and children under 6 are free. Please purchase tickets by Friday, March 3. For more information, please contact us at 570- 837-3000, x110 or sccd@ptd.net.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is inviting public road owning entities (e.g.: municipalities, county governments, government agencies) to an informational meeting on grant opportunities for road projects. The Thursday, February 9, 2017, workshop starts at 8:00 a.m.

Presenters will explain how the SCCD can provide technical and financial assistance to government leaders and road maintenance staff. Local projects will be showcased during the meeting.

Please reserve by calling Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x113, by Wednesday, January 25.

In late April 2016, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held an agricultural BMP Tour in conjunction with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and financial assistance from others. One of the end products of this tour was the “Snyder County Agricultural BMP Guide” (AG BMP Guide). This guide pictures of BMPs installed within the county.

You may request a paper copy of the AG BMP Guide or download it off this website. Questions about the tour or AG BMP Guide can be forwarded to Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

You may have heard some information about PA Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Chesapeake Bay "Reboot" due to US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) disappointment about PA's efforts in meeting the state's reducing pollution goals for the Chesapeake Bay.

One "Reboot" item DEP is proposing may affect conservation districts in PA in which they are being asking to conduct compliance inspections on farms

Members of the Snyder County Farm Bureau asked the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) to write an article in its newsletter updating their members regarding this matter. A copy of this article may be viewed from our website.

After reading our "Reboot" article, if you still have questions, please contact SCCD District Manager Craig Bingman at 570-837-3000, x114.

The take home message to the agricultural community: Work on making sure you have your plans, follow those plans, and keep records. Check out our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more information.

Above: A map of US states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed (white zone within green boundary).

 

The Snyder County Conservation District will hold two workshops to aid farmers and livestock/equine owners/boarders in writing their own manure management plans (MMPs).

These workshops will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Conservation District office. Participants will leave the workshop with knowledge and information to complete a manure management plan workbook that meets current environmental regulations required by PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Please register by calling our office at 570-837-3000, x110. If you have questions, contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118. Download flyer here.

The Conservation District (SCCD) is gathering a list of farmers, agricultural operators, livestock and equine owners and farm landowners interested in best management practices (BMPs). Potential BMPs to be funded may include riparian and vegetative buffers, streambank fencing, improved barnyards, manure storages and pasture watering systems.

Although the SCCD currently does not have any funds, we may find possible financial assistance in the near future for agricultural and streamside BMPs. If interested, either contact Jason Winey, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x112, or Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118. (Copy of recent news release)

Note: Interested persons may also check with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at 401 West Market Street, Middleburg, (570-837-0007, x3) for possible financial assistance.

The PA State Conservation Commission, along with the PA Department of Revenue, are accepting applications for the REAP credit program that awards farmers who have installed or will install BMPs, hire people to write plans, purchase no-till planting equipment, etc.

Go to our Agricultural Conservation Assistance web page for details.

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

Effective or Happening Now:

Upcoming Events:
  • Dirt & Gravel Road Program Workshop for Municipal Leaders: Thursday, February 9, 2017, Shade Mountain Winery, 8:00 a.m. Reserve by Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
  • Farmers Winter Meeting: Friday, February 17, 9:00 a.m., Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove. Reserve by Friday, February 3, 2017.
  • Manure Management Plan Workshops: Thursday, February 23, 2017 (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, February 25, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon).
  • Manure Hauler & Broker Meeting: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Snyder East Building, Selinsgrove.
  • Annual Awards Banquet: Friday, March 17, 2017, Evening, Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove. Details coming soon.
  • Ag. Erosion & Sedimentation Plan & Mapping Workshops: Stay Tuned!
  • Annual Tree & Seed Sale: Orders with payment due Friday, March 31, 2017. Pick up orders at SCCD Office on Wednesday & Thursday, April 12 & 13, 2017. Blank Order Form or Fill-In PDF Order Form

 

 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:
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 employees 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
sccd@ptd.net
 
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.
 

 Position Announcemnet Notice

 

SCCD Seeking Nutrient Management Specialist 

The Snyder County Conservation District is accepting applications to fill the position of Nutrient Management Specialist. This is for a full time position with part-time possibilities. The focus of this position relates to assisting agricultural landowners in Snyder County with the Nutrient and Manure Management programs, reviewing nutrient management plans, conducting status reviews on farms, outreach of programs, and other assigned duties. Applicants should have a degree or equivalent experience in Agriculture, Animal Science, Environmental Science, or a related field. Resumes will be accepted at the conservation district office until February 3, 2017. Salary is commensurate with experience. A resume with cover letter may be sent to Snyder County Conservation District, 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, PA 17842 or via email to Craig Bingman, District Manager, at cbingman@ptd.net. For more information, please call 570-837-3000, x114.

 

 Our Sign Says ...

 
 
 
A message brought to you by the Staff and Board Members of the Snyder County Conservation District
 

 Upcoming SCCD Events

 SCCD Conservation News

 A Message for Farmers, Livestock & Equine Onwers

 

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.

 

 

 Others in the SCCD Building

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) currently has two tenants in our office building. They are:

Snyder County 4-H, with Kathy Weller as Coordinator.

We welcome our newest tenant, Edwards Moving & Rigging.

 

 SCCD Publications & Links

 General Downloads

 Cooperating Agencies: External Links

 Other Groups & Contacts: (External Links)