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 SCCD Updates

Annual Awards Banquet, Friday, March 21; 6:30 p.m.: Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove.

Educator and entertainer Van Wagner will once again be our guest speaker as he gives a presentation on the PA elk. Tickets may be purchased from the SCCD office or SCCD directors and associate directors.  (Adults: $15.00, Children 5 - 10: $8.00, Under 5: Free) Contact the Conservation District (570-837-3000, x110) or click here for more details.

 

 

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, SCCD will hold its annual Women in Agriculture workshop at Shade Mountain Winery. Contact either Renee Swineford, Administrative Assistant (570-837-3000, x110) or Rachel Naylor, Nutrient Management Technician (x119) for details.

Click here for meeting details. Please register by Friday, March 28.

Farmer's Toolbox Field Days

On April 10 and 11, the  SCCD will be holding a field day event for farmers each of those days in cooperation with USDA-NRCS and Penn State Extension. The Beaver Community Fairgrounds in Beaver Springs will host the April 10 event, while the April 11 event will be held where the Middlecreek Valley Antique Association holds their events near Selinsgrove.

This field day's emphasis will be showing farmers some tools on how to manage manure and other nutrients, soil health and soil moisture. Instead of wrenches, sockets and pliers, these tools utilize the farmer's mind.

Cover crops will also be discussed. Farmers will see actual demonstrations (weather permitting). You will even witness a rainfall simulator put together by NRCS field staff.

Both events are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here for a flyer. A free lunch will be provided. Please register (570-837-3000, x110 or sccd@ptd.net) for one of these events by Tuesday, April 8.

 

On Friday, February 14, 2014, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held a Farmers' Winter Meeting at Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove. A meal was included for in the $5.00 entrance fee. Topics included: agricultural estate planning, USDA updates, pasture management, managing nitrogen sources for crop production and current agricultural & environmental issues.

SCCD successfully applied for pesticide and nutrient management credits from the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA). Click here for a meeting summary. For more information about this meeting, contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician (570-837-3000, x118).

 

Tree Seedling Sale: This is our annual sale where people can order tree seedlings, plants and seeds. A partial list of what we are offering: sugar maple, white oak, honey crisp apple, red haven peach, sweet cherry, strawberries, asparagus crowns, firs, Norway spruce, various perennials and seeds. The Conservation District is also selling tree tubes, soil test kits, rain barrels, bluebird boxes and bat boxes.

Click here for a complete order form (PDF fill-in form) with plant and seed descriptions. For more information, contact Craig Bingman, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114.

Orders due with payment: Friday, April 4, 2014.

Pick up orders at SCCD office on Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. We are closed on Good Friday (Friday, April 18)!

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).

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has held workshops and met with farmers explaining what is required. (Future meetings are planed.) These MMPs are now required by any person who raised animals, produces or receives animal manure. Individuals who even raise one steer, one goat, one sheep, etc., are required to have a MMP.

SCCD hosted two manure management plan writing workshops on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at it's office. Click here for a summary.

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.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District now has a Facebook page.

Go ahead and check it out while you travel the web and other social media. It's another way to see what we are doing. Hey, maybe you will even "like" us. 

 

There is another event the SCCD is working on:

  • Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) Plan Writers Workshop, Thursday, March 27; 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Country Cupboard Restaurant, Lewisburg. A meeting, in cooperation with six other conservation districts, is being planned for E&S plan writers and engineers. Contact Brian Herber, Resource Conservation Technician (570-83703000, x113) for additional information.

Other events coming in the next few months include at least one rain barrel workshop for the general public.

Below are some recent events:

  • Craig Bingman, SCCD District Manager, helped out at the PA Association of Conservation District's (PACD) booth at this year's PA Farm Show. He was there on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 helping explain how conservation districts help our local resources. PACD represents the state's 66 conservation districts in Harrisburg and helps conservation districts promote resource conservation and other functions assigned by state and cooperating agencies and entities.
  • Our January 2014 newsletter was just released. It contained an order form for our upcoming tree sale.

 

The Snyder County Agricultural Land Preservation Board (SCALPB) is proud to announce that they are in the process of preserving two farms in the county: one farm in Spring Township and a farm in Jackson Township. SCALPB accepted applications from interested landowners in July 2013.

Details about the two selected farms, as well as the easement program can be found by downloading the January update and going to the Conservation District's Agricultural Land Preservation web page.

Questions regarding this program may be forwarded to the program administrator, Jason Winey, at 570-837-3000, x112.

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:
Mar. 21, 2014: Annual Awards Banquet, Selinsgrove
Apr. 4, 2014: Last Day to Order Seedlings, Trees, etc.
Apr. 5, 2014: Women in AG Workshop
Apr. 10 & 11, 2014: Farmer's Toolbox Field Day Events, Beaver Springs & Selinsgrove
Apr. 29, 2014: Central Susquehanna High School Envirothon, Shikellamy State Park Overlook
 
Rain Barrel Workshops: To Be Determined
 
Coming Soon: 2013 Annual Report

 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
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 
 

 Special Message for Farmers

 

 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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