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 SCCD Updates

 

Tree Seedling Sale: This is our annual sale where people ordered tree seedlings, plants and seeds. A partial list of what we offered: 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 also sold tree tubes, soil test kits, rain barrels, bluebird boxes and bat boxes.

Information about the sale will be coming out soon. For more information, contact Craig Bingman, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114.

Farmer's Toolbox Field Days

On April 10 and 11, the  SCCD held two field day events for farmers in cooperation with USDA-NRCS and Penn State Extension. The Beaver Community Fairgrounds in Beaver Springs hosted the April 10 event, while the April 11 event was held where the Middlecreek Valley Antique Association holds their events near Selinsgrove.

Each field day's emphasis was 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 was also discussed. Farmers saw actual demonstrations. People even witnessed a rainfall simulator put together by NRCS field staff.

A free lunch was provided. A wrap-up article can be viewed here. For more information, contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician (570-837-3000, x118).

 

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, SCCD held 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.

A meeting summary can be found here. A meeting is already being planned for 2015.

Annual Awards Banquet, Friday, March 21; 6:30 p.m.: Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove. FFA members, one Eagle Scout and three famers were recognized.

Educator and entertainer Van Wagner once again was our guest speaker as he gave a presentation on the PA elk. Click here for banquet details.

Thanks to those who attended, donated, or contributed financially to this year's banquet.

 

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 worked on with other conservation districts:

  • Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) Plan Writers Workshop, Thursday, March 27; Country Cupboard Restaurant, Lewisburg. A meeting, in cooperation with five other conservation districts, was held for E&S plan writers and engineers. Click here for meeting details. Contact Craig Bingman, District Manager (570-837-3000, x114), for additional information.

 

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.
  • Tree & Plant Sale Held in April
  • Two Farmer's Toolbox & Field Days Held, Beaver Springs & Selinsgrove
  • Women in Ag Forum in April, Middleburg
  • 6-County E&S Workshop Held, Lewisburg
  • Annual Awards Banquet in March, Selinsgrove
  • SCALPB Adding 2 Farms for Preservation

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:
Apr. 29, 2014: Central Susquehanna High School Envirothon, Shikellamy State Park Overlook
 
Rain Barrel Workshops: To Be Determined
 
Coming Soon on Website: 2013 Annual Report (Already in Print)

 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.
 

 Job Announcement

 

The Snyder County Conservation District is announcing a job opening for a Resource Conservation Technician. Please click here for a copy of the job description. Interested persons should follow the directions in the job description and apply by Friday, May 2, 2014.

 

 Our Sign Says ...

 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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