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 To All Snyder County Farmers

To All Snyder County Farmers:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the state of Pennsylvania is behind in its pollution reduction goals for restoring the Chesapeake Bay and PA agencies must set a course to reach those goals.

One of several ideas in reaching those goals was to increase the number farms being inspected (from 2% to 10% of all farms/year) to determine if they are following state and federal water quality regulations. The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urged conservation districts to help with these compliance inspections. While conservation districts have traditionally conducted inspections among certain animal operations, they also offered technical and financial assistance to farmers as well.

If a conservation district agreed to do this, they would not see a reduction of state funding for technical staff. It would also likely mean a shift in time and resources away from offering technical assistance to farmers to conduct these inspections. Many conservation districts agreed to participate. However, several conservation districts felt uncomfortable doing this and decided not to participate.

The focus of the inspections is to determine whether farmers:

  • 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].

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) Board of Directors (made up of one county commissioner, four farmers and two public members who are appointed by the county commissioners) voted that its staff conduct these inspections for one year (July 2016 – June 2017) on a trial basis. It was reasoned that it would be better for our farmers to be visited by SCCD staff instead of DEP or EPA. If a farmer was found deficient or lacking in their plans, that farmer could seek SCCD assistance with those plans upon request. In May 2017, the SCCD Board voted to have its staff continue with these inspections for another year (July 2017 – June 2018).

In the meantime, SCCD staff asks that famers work on seeking our guidance in getting their plans in compliance. There may be a time in the future when an SCCD staff member visits a farm and the plans are not in compliance. It’s possible that the SCCD may not be able to help and would be forced to report the problem to DEP.

 

As farmers you plan what crop varieties to plant, measure the amount of herbicide to use in your sprayer, inventory what forages and livestock you own, record what medicines you give your animals, and repair equipment when it is broken. Does it not make sense to plan how to handle and spread your manure and take measures on keeping your land productive? Also, does it not seem proper to show others that you, as a farmer, are doing your part in improving our local waters and the Chesapeake Bay?

If you have any questions or want to meet with us, please feel free to contact me or any of my colleagues at 570-837-3000.

Respectfully yours,

Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician

Note: A copy of this letter can be downloaded here

 SCCD Updates

 

** Farm Girls Rock **

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), AgChoice Farm Credit and USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at the Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 Route 104, north of Middleburg, PA, to celebrate women's role in the agricultural industry and learn some information that will be helpful for you, on and off the farm. It all starts at 10:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served. The program will cost $5.00 per person. Bring a friend or family member. Al attendees will receive a free gift to help spread the message that "Farm Girls Rock!"

Anticipated activities include:

  • Sharon Piccioni, AgChoice Farm Credit, Home & Land Products
  • Brenda Bowersox, Graceful Catering, Local Women' Shelter
  • Linda Hackenberg, Hackenberg Apiaries, Apiaries Presentation, Honey Sampling,  Votive Candle Craft
  • Kelly DeLucy, USDA-FSA, Agency Updates

Please RSVP by Friday, September 22 to Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant, at 570-837-3000, x110 or emailing her at rswineford@ptd.net. Space is limited, so RSVP early! Click here for a flyer.

 

This is a statewide effort to build appreciation for forests, the people who care about them, and the importance of tending them, the Walk in Penn’s Woods is a day with organized woods walks in each Pennsylvania county.  Anticipated to become an annual on the first Sunday in October this inaugural Walk in Penn’s Woods day happens on October 1, 2017.

In Snyder County, a walk is happing at the Snyder County Conservation District’s Selinsgrove Center Grounds next to the Snyder County Prison starting at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Craig Bingman, SCCD District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114.  Download this flyer with map for directions.

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.

 

 
September 17 to 23, 2017

The PA State Conservation Commission and the PA Department of Revenue, are now applications in the near future 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: 
  • None at this moment.
News Updates:

Effective or Happening Now:

Upcoming Events:
  • Display in Beaver Fair, September 17 - 23
  • Farm Girls Rock (2017 Women in Ag Workshop), September 30, 10:00 a.m., Shade Mountain Winery, North of Middleburg,
  • Walk in Penn's Woods: October 1, 1:30 p.m., SCCD Selinsgrove Grounds near Middlecreek Antique Association Event Area

 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.

 

 

 SCCD on Facebook

 
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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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 Other Groups & Contacts: (External Links)