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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


The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is holding its annual tree, seed, and plant sale in 2018.

SCCD will be accepting orders, with payment, by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018. People can pick up their orders at our office, 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, ONLY on Thursday, April 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. OR Friday, April 20 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We are offering the following trees and plants: Norway Spruce, Red Oak, Paw Paw, American Persimmon, Winterberry, Honey Crisp Apple, Fuji Apple, Red Haven Peach, Bluecrop Blueberry, Seascape Strawberry and Dianthus. Seeds include Ginseng, French Marigold and Wildflower mixes. Again we are selling Shiitake Mushroom logs and Hop rhizomes.

Also, we will be selling bluebird boxes, tree planting bars, rain barrels, tree tubes and soil test kits.

Click here for the following:


The Snyder County Conservation District’s Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road, Selinsgrove on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Conservation awards were presented to conservation minded individuals, organizations and FFA members for their projects and accomplishments related to improving our environment.

After awards were handed out, Kerry Gyekis, a consulting forester and author from Tioga County, gave a presentation regarding the mountain lion, also known as the cougar or puma.
You can view additional details and pictures by clicking here. For additional information, contact us at 570-837-3000 or


The Snyder County Agricultural Land Preservation Board will be accepting applications during the month of April 2018. Interested person can pick up an application at the Snyder County Conservation District office starting on Monday, April 2, 2018. Applications must be returned and completed to the Conservation District office by Monday, April 30, 2018.



Currently a quarantine is in place for thirteen (13) southeastern Pennsylvania counties to try to stop the movement of the Spotted Lanternfly. This pest is a native of China, and could possibly work its way into our area. The destructive insect feeds on a variety of plants including grapes, apples, peaches, ailanthus, willow, hops and certain ornamental plants.

Seventy-seven (77) people were in attendance at the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Workshop on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Shade Mt. Winery north of Middleburg.  The informational session, hosted by the Snyder County Conservation District, was targeted towards the invasive and destructive pest that is threatening local fruit crops. Currently a quarantine is in place for thirteen (13) southeastern Pennsylvania counties to try to stop the movement of the Spotted Lanternfly.

For more information on this pest go to the links below:

Photos Above: Spotted lanternfly adult (left) and nymph (right). Courtesy of Lawrence Barringer, Entomologist, PDA

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) its annual Farmer’s Winter Meeting on Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove.  Major sponsors were AgChoice Farm Credit, Valley Ag & Turf, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, Hoover Tractor, Fulton Bank, Doebler’s and Renewable Energy Consultants.

One hundred two (102) people attended the meeting.  Topics presented during the meeting include the following:  Preventing fly problems due to manure, Proper mortality composting and Stress management, and Conservation District & USDA updates. There was also information about safely using pesticides while protecting pollinators or preventing drift, proper site analysis and pest management updates.

Guest speakers came from USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA), PA Agricultural Ombudsman Program, Evangelical Community & Wellness, Penn State Department of Animal Science and Penn State Extension.

For more details about the meeting, click here to view or download this summary. You can also contact Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, for information.

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.

The PA State Conservation Commission and the PA Department of Revenue, are now accepting applications 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: 
News Updates:
Effective or Happening Now:
Upcoming Events:
  • Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon, April 24, Shikellamy State Park Marina, Sunbury
  • Susquehanna Valley Middle School Envirothon, May 8, Montour Preserve, Washingtonville
  • PA Envirothon, May 22 & 23, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove & Camp Mt. Luther, Mifflinburg
  • 2017 SCCD Annual Report: Soon to be Released

 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
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 the Staff and Board Members of the Snyder County Conservation District

 Important News


Snyder County Conservation District's 2017 Annual Report has just been printed. You can ask for a copy by calling 570-837-3000, x110, by emailing, or by downloading a PDF version.

The Snyder County Agricultural Land Preservation Board (SCALPB) will be accepting applications during the month of April 2018. Interested persons can pick up an application at the Snyder County Conservation District office starting on Monday, April 2, 2018. Applications must be returned and completed to the Conservation District office by Monday, April 30, 2018.


 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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