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 SCCD Updates

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is holding its annual tree, seed, and plant sale in 2016. An order can be downloaded here for your convenience.

We will be accepting orders, with payment, by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016. People can pick up their orders at our office, 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, ONLY on Thursday, April 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. OR Friday, April 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The SCCD is offering the following: Black Hills White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Red Oak, Honey Crisp Apple, Sandra Rose Cherry, Johnboy Peach, Duke Blueberry, Southern Magnolia, Burning Bush, Paw Paw, and Hibiscus. Seeds include Ginseng, Peanut, Wildflower and Gourd.  We are trying something different this year: Horseradish roots and Hops rhizomes.

Also, we will be selling Sunflower seeds (bird food), bluebird boxes, tree planting bars, rain barrels, tree tubes and soil test kits.

For more information, contact us at 570-837-3000 or at sccd@ptd.net.

Now available until supplies last:

Sunflower Seed for Bird Seed

Some Bird Feeders Remain

A 50 lb. bag sells for $20.00. A few feeders also remain. Contact the Conservation District at 570-837-3000 (sccd@ptd.net) for details.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District hosted its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 18, 2016, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road, Selinsgrove. Many individuals, organizations and FFA members are honored for their efforts toward conservation.

The banquet's guest speaker was Chad Eyler of the PA Game Commission. He gave a presentation about the history of the state wildlife conservation agency.

Note: The PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) gave a certificate of appreciation to the Conservation District celebrating its 60th anniversary of its formation in 1956.

For more details and photos of the event, please go this link.

PA Farmers Can Report Their Efforts to Clean Chesapeake Bay
 

Pennsylvania’s farmers deserve credit for the work they do to ensure clean water and healthy soil. Currently, best management practices (BMPs) installed with financial and/or technical assistance from conservation districts or USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) staff are the only ones counted by agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Projection Agency (EPA). BMPs funded entirely by the farmer are typically missed. 

In order to give farmers the proper credit, various groups are asking farmers to complete a survey on the good work they have done on their operations. This survey, created by the Pennsylvania State University, will be mailed to farmers in the near future. It will ask them to describe what BMPs they installed on their farms. The information provided by farmers will show EPA as well as other government agencies and non-government organizations the good that the agricultural community has accomplished to improve water quality.

A partial list of partners supporting this project include: PA Farm Bureau, PA Farmers Union, PA PennAg Industries Association, PA Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD), PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA).

If you have received a survey, please complete and mail it back to Penn State, according to its instructions, by April 30, 2016. If you did not receive a survey, either call 1-866-898-4277 or go to src.survey.psu.edu/farmbmp.

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.

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, Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) 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.

Update: A manure management plan (MMP) workshop is planned for Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the SCCD office, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please register by calling 570-837-3000, x110. Click here for a flyer. A similar meeting was held on February 3.

  The Snyder County Conservation District is holding two workshops at its office on Monday, April 4 and Monday, April 18, to aid farmers and livestock/equine owners/boarders in creating maps for their manure management plans (MMPs) and writing their own agricultural erosion & sedimentation plans (Ag. E&S plans). Participants will learn how to use PaOneStop, a web based mapping program developed by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. 

Both sessions start at 6:30 p.m. The April 4 meeting will explain the mapping process while the April 18 session will explain Ag. E&S planning. Between sessions, participants can work on maps for their farms.  Interested people are asked to register and attend both sessions. Please register by contacting Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118. You can also download a flyer and news release.

 

Think You Really Know CREP?

A CREP Open House was held for the general public at Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 Route 104, Middleburg on March 2, 2016. (Brief wrap-up) Representatives from various agencies and non-government organizations were present to answer questions and give presentation about how CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program):

  • Works with farmland operators and landowners in offering financial incentives,
  • Installation and maintenance hints for stream buffers and grass plantings,
  • Creates environmental benefits toward water quality and wildlife.

A workshop was also held for the general public at the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) office on January 20, 2016. Click here for how the event went. It was put together with cooperation with Pheasants Forever and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

For more information about CREP, contact your local USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. In Snyder and Union Counties, the FSA office is at 405 West Market Street, Middleburg, PA (570-837-0007, x2).

Farmers are reading and listening about “soil health.”  Many groups are promoting soil health.  Yet, what is soil health?  What makes a soil “healthy?”

Healthy soils are diverse in beneficial microscopic life that aid farmers in fertility and pest control. Healthy soils are more resistant to drought, compaction and erosion.

Experienced farmers are the true experts on soil health. They are the ones who have implemented changes that are improving their soil’s productivity & can relate their experiences to their fellow farmers with experiences in cover cropping, crop residue management, limiting or eliminating tillage, crop rotations, fertility, etc.

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) sponsored three informal meetings geared towards farmers (from the convinced to the skeptical) to share the “What’s,” “Why’s” and “How’s” of soil health.  The meetings were held on February 23, 2016, at three different locations throughout the day. Forty-seven (47) participants attended; ranging from experienced farmers, uncertain producers and skeptics, gardeners and landowners, agricultural consultants and agency staff. The meetings were led by Lisa Blazure, Clinton County Conservation District Agricultural Resource Conservationist and soil health "evangelist."

For more information, pictures and details about the meeting, go to this link and view the wrap-up about these meetings. The wrap-up also contains links that take you to other soil health information sources. You can also contact the SCCD's Barry Spangler, 570-837-3000, x118 for information.

 

The Conservation District's (SCCD) annual Farmers Winter Meeting was held on February 12, 2016, at Christ Community United Methodist Church. About 110 attended and participated with the meeting.

Topics included: solar & alternative energy, woodland management for farms, alternative agricultural enterprises and SCCD & USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. Core  and category pesticide credit topics were also presented. Click here for a description of the event held that day.

Major sponsors were Ag Choice Farm Credit, Country View Family Farms, Doebler’s, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, Paradise Energy Solutions, RHP Law Group, LLP, Sholley Agency, Sunbury Motors Company, Valley Ag & Turf and Vandine Insurance Shoppe.

Recent Happenings: Go to "Conservation News" section of this web page for additional details.
News Release:

Effective or Happening Now:

  • Annual Tree Sale: Orders due with payment March 31. Download Order Form
  • Notice! Farmers and anyone else who manage, produce, receive or use manure must have a Manure Management Plan! They may also need an Agricultural Erosion & Sedimentation Plan (or a Conservation Plan that meets PA's new regulations).
  • Farmers can complete survey; report their own conservation efforts to clean Chesapeake Bay by April 30.
Upcoming Events:

 

 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 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 
 

 SCCD Conservation News

 SCCD Upcoming Events

 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.

 

 

 Others in the SCCD Building

 

The Snyder County Conservation District now has three tenants in our office building. They are:

Snyder County 4-H, with Kathy Weller as Coordinator.

On Wednesdays, a staff person from PA Rep. Fred Keller's office will be available to answer questions in our lower level conference room from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Almond Tree Senior Solutions, a senior health care business, has moved in our lower level office suite.

 

 SCCD Publications & Links

 General Downloads

 Cooperating Agencies: External Links

 Other Groups & Contacts: (External Links)