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 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

Thirty-nine (39) teams involving nearly 190 students from thirteen schools in five central Pennsylvania counties arrived at the Shikellamy State Park Overlook for the annual Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon held on April 25, 2017.

Topics that the students were tested in were wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and a specific current issues topic that changes yearly. The current issue topic for this year is sustainable agriculture. Each team also visited a non-testing station in which controlled fires and forest fire fighting were discussed.

The Snyder County winning team was from Selinsgrove Area High School located in Selinsgrove. Team members were (above, left to right) Nathan Moyer, John Merroth Jr., Jacob Dock, Addie Lannan and Alyssa Landis. (Curtis Swineford, not pictured, Ag. Education teacher, was the team’s advisor). They placed eighth (2nd) overall out of 39 teams and were the top scoring team in the aquatics station.

A team from Mifflinburg Area High School in Union County won the overall title this year. For more information, check out this summary. For more information, contact us at 570-837-3000.

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On May 9, a similar event for 7th and 8th graders in the five county area was held at Montour Preserve near Danville and Washingtonville. A team of 8th graders from Selinsgrove Area Middle School placed 4th among teams present. The first place was from Mifflinburg Area Middle School. For more information, contact us at 570-837-3000.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) was recently invited to help out with several environmental and conservation education presentations at several schools the past few weeks. They were as follows:

  • The SCCD was responsible for organizing an educational event in late April for Middleburg Elementary School kindergartners. Several staff members from the SCCD and other agencies helped out with the presentation. More information will be forthcoming. Click here for pictures, etc.
  • Fifth grade teachers from West Snyder Elementary School invited an SCCD staff member to give a presentation about water quality, water conservation, the water cycle and other similar topics. Click here for additional details.

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held its annual tree, seed, and plant sale in 2017. Orders were due with payment on March 31. Orders were picked up at our office (10541 Route 522, Middleburg) on Wednesday & Thursday, April 12 & April 13. Click here for a summary.

If you ordered from us, we thank you. Proceeds go towards our educational projects. Stay tuned and contact us (570-837-3000) to see if we will have a tree sale in 2018.

 

Woodland value is not always measured by the quality of timber. There are untapped treasures in the forest that can bring forest landowners some additional income. On Friday, June 16, 2017, the DCNR-PA Bureau of Forestry, Community Partnerships RC&D, and the Snyder County Conservation District will be hosting an Agroforestry Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Shade Mountain Winery north of Middleburg along PA Route 104. A $5.00 fee will include lunch and handouts.

There will be information presented on marketing non-timber products, medicinal plants, edible plants and mushrooms, maple syrup, ginseng, multi-function buffer plantings, charcoal making, among other topics. Please reserve by Monday, June 12. For more information, or to register, please contact the Conservation District at 570-837-3000, x110 or email sccd@ptd.net.

Note: DCNR: PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources; RC&D: Resource Conservation & Development

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has just published the following:

You can click on the links above to download a copy, contact Renee Swineford, Administrative Assistant (570-837-3000, x110) to request a copy, or stop by our office (10541 Route 522, Middleburg) to pick up a copy.

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 still 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: 
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 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.
 

 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.

 

 

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 SCCD Publications & Links

 Snyder County AG BMP Guide

 
 
 
In 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.
 

 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; Kathy Weller as Coordinator.
 
Edwards Moving & Rigging.
 

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