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Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District
 
 

 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. 
 
Note: We also have other items on our website about programs we do not cover (e.g.: Streambank PermittingWoodland Management), that may be informative to you (Gypsy Moth & Other Pests) or are distantly linked to us (Selinsgrove Grounds).
 

 Info for Snyder County Farmers, Agriculture & Livestock/Equine Operations

 

The Snyder County Conservation District wants to relay some pertinent information to farmers and agricultural, livestock and equine operations.

1.) Since 2016, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), with the urging of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has asked conservation districts to assist DEP to inspect farms in their respective counties within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Snyder County Conservation District Board of Directors voted that its staff conduct these inspections while still offering technical assistance.

During an inspection, Conservation District staff will determine whether farmers:

·         Properly handle, store and land apply animal manure and agricultural process wastewater on the operation consistent with the nutrient needs of growing crops [i.e., a manure management plan (MMP) or a nutrient management plan (NMP)]; and

·         Properly manage risks of erosion and runoff from agricultural plowing or tilling operations and animal heavy use areas [i.e., an “agricultural erosion and sediment control plan” (Ag E&S Plan) or a conservation plan].

In the meantime, Conservation District staff asks that operators seek our help in getting their plans and operations in compliance. We may be able to assist in developing MMPs and Ag. E&S Plans. However, there may be a future time when a Conservation District staff member visits an operation, the plans are not in compliance, and we are not allowed to help and are forced to report the problem immediately to DEP and/or the State Conservation Commission (SCC).

2.) In 2017, the SCC increased its average weights for many agricultural animal species. This may redefine some operations from non-CAOs to CAOs (concentrated animal operations) or from non-CAFOs to CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).

New CAOs are required to have an approved detailed NMP instead of a simpler regular MMP. New CAFOs are required to have an approved NMP and an approved permit from DEP.

The Conservation District staff asks animal operations to meet with us to determine whether they will be a CAO and/or CAFO. If so, we will point the operator in the right direction towards compliance.

3.) Also, if a farmer or agricultural/equine operation is thinking of building a new facility, manure storage or stacking structure, or other work that involves earth disturbance, please make an appointment with the Conservation District staff early during the planning stages.

Depending on the situation, you may require an excavation erosion & sedimentation control plan (E&S Plan), a federal excavation permit, an odor management plan (OMP), a P.E. (Professional Engineer) developed design and drawings for liquid manure storages, and proof of agricultural compliance plans (i.e., MMPs, NMPs, Ag. E&S Plans, conservation plans). 

4.) Finally, the Conservation District and Snyder County Commissioners are seeking landowners interested in planting forested or multifunctional riparian buffers funded through a DCNR (PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources) Riparian Buffer Grant Program. The Conservation District is also seeking agricultural operators interested in installing manure handling and soil erosion prevention practices called best management practices (BMPs). These BMPs include streambank fencing, improved barnyards, manure storages and pasture watering systems.

The take home message to farmers and agricultural, livestock and equine operations regarding compliance: Meet with the Snyder County Conservation District now before someone knocks on you door unprepared and conducts an inspection without the proper plans and manure handling and soil erosion prevention practices.

If you have any questions or want to meet with us, please feel free to contact anyone at the Snyder County Conservation District at 570-837-3000. We are located at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg.  You can also visit our website at www.snyderconservaiton.org. Our general email is sccd@snydercd.org. 

Specific Staff Contact Information: Jason Winey, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x112, Lauren Maguire, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114, Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118, Chip Spatz, Nutrient Management Technician, at 570-837-3000, x119, or Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x113.

 SCCD Updates

 

Do you own stream front property or enjoy picking your own fruit, berries and nuts? Then we have exciting news for you!

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and Snyder County Commissioners are seeking landowners interested in planting forested or multifunctional riparian buffers funded through a DCNR (PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources) Riparian Buffer Grant Program. Not only will landowners reap the benefits of fruit and nut production, but will experience less stream bank erosion, and ultimately improve overall stream health.

Not interested in a multifunctional buffer? No problem, the DCNR grant also includes the establishment of native forested riparian buffers. Funding is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact Lauren Maguire, SCCD Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114 for additional information.

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FARM GIRLS ROCK WORKSHOP

Women have a vital role on today's agricultural operations, often times being the bookkeeper, communications manager, human resources manager and laborer, all in one!

Join the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and AgChoice Farm Credit on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 Route 104, north of Middleburg, PA, to celebrate the role of women in the agricultural industry and learn some information that will be helpful for you, on and off the farm. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m..

Lunch will be served.  The program will cost $5.00 per person. Bring a friend or family member.  All attendees will receive a free gift to help spread the message that "Farm Girls Rock!"  Anticipated speakers, topics and activities include:

  • Amy Stoltsfus: Successful Local Entrepreneur--Cowgirl Cheesecakes
  • Carrie Bomgardner: AgChoice Farm Credit--Social Media Etiquette
  • Valerie Fry: Selinsgrove Ag. Education Teacher-- Investing in your future FFA
  • Lauren Cheran: SCCD Watershed Specialist--Make and Take Succulent Planter

Reservations to Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant (570-837-3000, x110, admin@snydercd.org) is preferred. Space is limited, so RSVP early! Walk-ins accepted.

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Tax Credit Program Available for Farmers’ Plans, BMPs

A PA tax credit program (REAP Program: Resource Enhancement and Protection Program) exists for farmers who installed or plan to install best management practices (BMPs), have planted cover crops the prior crop year, or have purchased or will purchase no-till planting or specialized manure handling equipment. Farmers can also receive tax credits for nutrient management plans (NMPs), manure management plans (MMPs), conservation plans and agricultural erosion & sedimentation (Ag. E&S) plans. REAP is through the PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) and PA Department of Revenue.

It should be noted that any interested farmer must have an MMP or NMP (if produce or receive manure) AND an up to date conservation or Ag. E&S plans on all land they own and rent to qualify for BMP and equipment tax credits. If not, tax credits can only go towards the development of MMPs, NMPs, conservation and Ag. E&S plans.

Contact anyone at the Snyder County Conservation District office (570-837-3000), or Joel Semke, SCC REAP Program Administrator in Harrisburg, PA, at 717-705-4032 for information. You can also receive information or download an application by going to the SCC's REAP website.

The SCC plans to start accepting applications beginning on September 16, 2019, for completed and proposed projects at this time.

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Cost Share Available for Farm Plans Written by Private Sector

The PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) is currently offering a cost share program for agricultural operators and landowners to help with costs for hiring a commercial plan writer to develop the following:

  • a manure management plan (MMP)
  • a nutrient management plan (NMP)
  • an agricultural erosion & sedimentation plan (Ag. E&S Plan)
  • a conservation plan (similar to a plan written by USDA-Natural Resources C

Any of the plans listed above and completed after January 1, 2019, are eligible. Applicants must:

  1. Complete an application and submit it by April 1, 2020, or when funds expire, whichever happens first.
  2. Submit the plan(s), with reimbursement request form, for a completeness review by May 30, 2019.

For basic information or applicable forms, contact Snyder County Conservation District Ag. Conservation Technician, Barry Spangler at 570-837-3000, extension 118. Snyder County farmers can also leave a message for Josh Glace, Larson Design Group, Inc., 1780 State Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 (570-374-5700 x4011) for detailed information.

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Fossil Dig at Faylor Lake: September 29

A community fossil dig, organized by the Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy will be held at the quarry along Shale Pit Road, Beaver Springs, on Sunday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is for anyone, including families, willing to explore nature. Arrive anytime your schedule suits. For more information, call the Conservancy at 570-524-8666, email them at linn@ptd.net or check out its website at www.linnconservancy.org.

 Walk in the Woods set for Faylor Lake: October 6

Enjoy an approximately two-mile walk leaving from the Faylor Lake Boat Launch, 750 Mattern Road, Beaver Springs.  You will be traveling across the dam breast and into the wooded trail section across the lake.  Local Snyder County Conservation staff will be on hand to lead the walk and answer questions. The walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Note: This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. Click here for a detailed write-up.

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The PA SCC (Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission) increased its average weights in 2017 for many agricultural animal species. This may redefine some farms from non-CAOs to CAOs (concentrated animal operations) or from non-CAFOs to CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).

New CAOs are required to have an approved nutrient management plan (NMP) instead of a regular manure management plan (MMP). New CAFOs are required to have an approved NMP and an approved permit from DEP.

The Conservation District staff is asking farmers and animal operations to meet with us to determine whether you will be a CAO and/or CAFO in the near future. If so, we will point you in the right direction towards compliance. Questions? Contact Chip Spatz, SCCD Nutrient Management Technician, at 570-837-3000, x119.

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   Other SCCD Updates & News

 Your Construction Project May Require Plans or Permits
 
Go to our "Worksite Erosion Prevention" Webpage
for details.

Funding is Available Now for Road Projects
 
for details.

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 Contact Information

 
Snyder County Conservation District
sccd@snydercd.org
 
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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 Do You Have Your AG Plans?

 

DO YOU HAVE YOUR PLANS?

Manure Management or Nutrient Management Plan? Conservation or Ag. Erosion & Sedimentation Plans?

If yes, are they up to date? If not, meet with the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) as soon as possible. We will explain what is required of you and point you to the right direction. PA DEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) staff has been conducting inspections throughout the state to determine if farmers are following the new regulations. Many conservation districts, including SCCD, has been tasked by DEP and its Board of Directors, to assist with these inspections on a year-to-year basis.

During an inspection, the farmer, operator or landowner will be visited to see if they are meeting the basic regulatory requirements such as:

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

Contact us and go to our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more details. We can be reached at 570-837-3000 or sccd@snydercd.org. (A letter detailing the SCCD's role in inspections can be found on this web page's right column.)

 

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 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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