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 SCCD Updates

 

Think You Really Know CREP?

You may have heard about the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), for several years. However, do you really know the facts about this conservation program offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)?

A CREP workshop, free to the public, will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) office, starting at 7:00 p.m. Partners from USDA and Pheasants Forever will be available to answer your questions about CREP.

Attendees will leave the workshop knowing the environmental and financial benefits of CREP. CREP pays farmers and other landowners to conserve their land and prevent pollution in our local streams, lakes and rivers. Over 12,500 landowners in Pennsylvania have received payments since the program began in 2000.

You will also leave the meeting with an understanding of proper installation and maintenance of stream buffers, tree plantings and grass plantings.

Attend the Workshop – Get Questions Answered – Know the CREP Program.

Additional Information: Flyer; Invite Letter

People interested in attending should contact Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

Note: An open house is planned to be held at the Shade Mt. Winery, north of Middleburg on PA 104, on March 2, 2016. More information will be coming out soon.

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.

PA Farmers Can Report Their Efforts to Clean Chesapeake Bay
 

Pennsylvania’s farmers deserve credit for the work they do to ensure clean water and healthy soil. Currently, best management practices (BMPs) installed with financial and/or technical assistance from conservation districts or USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) staff are the only ones counted by agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Projection Agency (EPA). BMPs funded entirely by the farmer are typically missed. 

In order to give farmers the proper credit, various groups are asking farmers to complete a survey on the good work they have done on their operations. This survey, created by the Pennsylvania State University, will be mailed to farmers in the near future. It will ask them to describe what BMPs they installed on their farms. The information provided by farmers will show EPA as well as other government agencies and non-government organizations the good that the agricultural community has accomplished to improve water quality.

A partial list of partners supporting this project include: PA Farm Bureau, PA Farmers Union, PA PennAg Industries Association, PA Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD), PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA).

More information on this survey will be coming soon from various agricultural organizations.

Farmers are reading and listening about “soil health.” Many groups are promoting soil health. Yet, what is soil health? What makes a soil “healthy?” Healthy soils are diverse in beneficial microscopic life that aid farmers in fertility and pest control. Healthy soils are more resistant to drought, compaction and erosion.

Experienced farmers are the true experts on soil health. They are the ones who have implemented changes that are improving their soil’s productivity & can relate their experiences to their fellow farmers with experiences in cover cropping, crop residue management, limiting or eliminating tillage, crop rotations, fertility, etc.

The Snyder County Conservation District is sponsoring three informal meetings geared towards farmers (from the convinced to the skeptical) to share the “What’s,” “Why’s” and “How’s” of soil health. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Any attending farmer will receive a free meal.  Farmers may choose one of three events to attend. Click here for a flyer.

The breakfast session (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) will be at Vince’s Pizza Restaurant in Beaver Springs. The lunch session (12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) will be at Family Traditions Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant Mills. The evening meal (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) will be at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House in Shamokin Dam.

An exchange of ideas between farmers will take place. Topics may include cover crop mixes, crop residue management, good “bugs” and bad “bugs,” and increasing soil holding capacity. Attendees can also learn what a “healthy” soil looks like and how it can help the farmer. 

Contact the Conservation District’s Barry Spangler, 570-837-3000, x118 for information. Please register by Friday, February 19, 2016.

 

The Conservation District's (SCCD) annual Farmers Winter Meeting will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016, at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park RD, Selinsgrove. Door open at 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held from 9:00 p.m. to  3:15 p.m. The fee to attend is $5.00 per person. Registrations are due 14 days before the meeting.

Topics include: solar & alternative energy, woodland management for farms, alternative agricultural enterprises and SCCD & USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. Core  and category pesticide credits are planned. Click here for a meeting agenda or contact Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

Major Sponsors include: AgChoice Farm Credit, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, Sholley Agency, Valley Ag & Turf, Country View Family Farms, Paradise Energy Solutions, Doebler’s, RHP Law Group, LLC and Vandine’s Insurance Shoppe.

The Snyder County Conservation District will host its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 18, 2016, 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.

This year's guest speaker will be Chad Eyler of the PA Game Commission. He will give a presentation about the history of the state wildlife conservation agency.

Note: The year 2016 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Snyder County Conservation District’s formation in 1956.

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 4. For more information, please contact us at 570-837-3000, x110 or sccd@ptd.net.

Now available until supplies last:

Sunflower Seed for Bird Seed

A 50 lb. bag sells for $20.00 and a 25 lb. bag sells for $12.00. Contact the Conservation District at 570-837-3000 (sccd@ptd.net) for details.

 

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) will be holding its annual tree, seed, and plant sale again this year. The Conservation District is still working on an order from at this time. More details on what we will be selling will be out shortly.

However, the SCCD can definitely state that once the order forms are ready, it will be accepting orders, with payment, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016. People can pick up their orders at our office, 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, ONLY on Thursday, April 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. OR Friday, April 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

So far, we know that trees and plants being offered this year include: Black Hills White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Red Oak, Honey Crisp Apple, Sandra Rose Cherry, Johnboy Peach, Duke Blueberry, Southern Magnolia, Burning Bush, Paw Paw, and Hibiscus. Seeds include Ginseng, Peanut, Wildflower and Gourd.  We are trying something different this year. For example we hope to sell Horseradish roots and Hops rhizomes.

Also, we will be selling Sunflower seeds (bird food), bluebird boxes, tree planting bars, rain barrels, tree tubes and soil test kits.

For more information, contact SCCD's Craig Bingman at 570-837-3000, x114.

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, Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) 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.

Update: A manure management plan (MMP) workshop is planned for Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the SCCD office, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please register by calling 570-837-3000, x110. Click here for a flyer.

  The Snyder County Conservation District is holding two workshops at its office on Monday, April 4 and Monday, April 18, to aid farmers and livestock/equine owners/boarders in creating maps for their manure management plans (MMPs) and writing their own agricultural erosion & sedimentation plans (Ag. E&S plans). Participants will learn how to use PaOneStop, a web based mapping program developed by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. 

Both sessions start at 6:30 p.m. The April 4 meeting will explain the mapping process while the April 18 session will explain Ag. E&S planning. Between sessions, participants can work on maps for their farms.  Interested people are asked to register and attend both sessions. Please register by contacting Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

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

Effective Now:

  • Notice! Farmers and anyone else who manage, produce, receive or use manure must have a Manure Management Plan! They may also need an Agricultural Erosion & Sedimentation Plan (or a Conservation Plan that meets PA's new regulations).
  • Farmers can complete survey; report their own conservation efforts to clean Chesapeake Bay.
Upcoming Events:
  • CREP & Stream Buffer Workshop, Wednesday, January 20, 2016, SCCD Office, 7:00 p.m. Flyer, Invite Letter
  • Manure Management Planning Workshop, Wednesday, February 3, 2016, SCCD Office, 6:00 p.m. Flyer
  • Farmers Winter Meeting, Friday, February 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park RD, Selinsgrove. Flyer
  • Soil Health Informational Meetings, Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Three locations & times listed on this flyer.
  • CREP Open House, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 Route 104, Middleburg, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • SCCD Annual Banquet, Friday, March 18, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park RD, Selinsgrove.
  • Ag. Mapping and Agriculture Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) Workshops, Monday, April 4 & Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:30 p.m. both times, SCCD Office.
  • Agriculture BMP Tour, Date (Spring 2016?), Time & Place(s) to be determined.
  • CREP Field Day Event, Date (Spring 2016?), Time & Place(s) to be determined.

 

 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 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
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.
 

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A message brought to you by Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant 
 

 SCCD Conservation News

 SCCD Upcoming Events

 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 now has three tenants in our office building. They are:

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

On Wednesdays, a staff person from PA Rep. Fred Keller's office will be available to answer questions in our lower level conference room from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Almond Tree Senior Solutions, a senior health care business, has moved in our lower level office suite.

 

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