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 SCCD Updates

A Penns Creek Ecology Day, sponsored by the Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association (LPCWA), was held on August 9, 2014. One session was held in the morning and one was held in the afternoon.

This was an “hands on” session where participants of all ages collected and handled bugs, fish, and other critters. Representatives from Susquehanna University and Snyder and Union County Conservation District offered guidance throughout the event.

More details about the event can be checked out here! Contact Jason Winey, Watershed Specialist, at the Snyder County Conservation District office in Middleburg at 570-837-3000, extension 112, if you plan to attend.

Note: SCCD staff members helped out with a similar presentation for local Girl Scouts held at Camp Karoondinha, a Boy Scouts of America facility in western Union County on August 6. 

 

The Snyder County Conservation District is currently selling a large selection of bird feeders, as well as suet and bird seed. Click to view or download a description of what we have.

We also are selling bat houses for $40.00 each.

Questions? Call us at 570-837-3000 or email us at sccd@ptd.net.

The Snyder County Conservation District offered a service to help famers determine whether their corn needs additional sidedress nitrogen. One hundred sixty (160) acres of corn were tested in June and July 2014.

Click here for a program wrap-up or contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician at 570-837-3000, x118.

 

Any Snyder County farmer interested in hiring a private consultant to write a manure management plan (MMP) or a nutrient management plan (NMP) can apply for funding assistance through the Snyder County Conservation District.

Interested farmers must complete an application with the Conservation District by Friday, September 26, 2014. Applications are available at the office at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg. Contact Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician at 570-837-3000, x118, or click here for more information.

The State Conservation Commission (SCC) is again offering a tax credit program (REAP) again for farmers who have:

  1. Already have installed best management practices (BMPs), or
  2. Plan to do so by June 2015.

Farmers who fit description #1 (above) can start mailing applications on August 4. Those who fit description #2 must wait until August 25. (If done earlier, they will be rejected.)

Tax Credits may also go towards the purchase of no-till planting and other certain equipment. Costs not covered by financial assistance programs for farmers to hire people to write manure management plans (MMPs), nutrient management plans (NMPs), conservation plans or agricultural erosion & sedimentation (Ag. E&S) plans are also eligible.

Contact Barry Spangler (SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, 570-837-3000, x118) or Joel Semke (SCCD REAP Administrator, 717-787-8821) for more information.

 

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, 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. 

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:
  • SCCD to have Display at Beaver Fair, September 2014

 

 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.
 

 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.

 

 Our Sign Says ...

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

 SCCD Conservation News

 SCCD Upcoming Events

 Non SCCD Events

 

PA No-Till Alliance (PANTA) is hosting a soil health field day event for farmers and those involved in agriculture near Lewisburg on Friday, August 29, 2014. An Australian soil scientist is scheduled to speak.

Click here to view a flyer. Email or call (570-922-1838) Sarah Troisi, local biologist, to register for the event.

 

 Other Non SCCD Events

 SCCD Publications & Links

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 Cooperating Agencies: External Links

 Other Groups & Contacts: (External Links)