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 A Message to Farmers, Farm Operators, Equine Owners, etc.

If yes, are they up to date? If not, meet with the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) as soon as possible. We will explain what is required of you and point you to the right direction. PA DEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) staff has been conducting inspections throughout the state to determine if farmers are following the new regulations. Many conservation districts, including SCCD, has been tasked by DEP and its Board of Directors, to assist with these inspections on a year-to-year basis.

During an inspection, the farmer, operator or landowner will be visited to see if they are meeting the basic regulatory requirements such as:

  • 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].

Contact us and go to our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more details. We can be reached at 570-837-3000 or (A letter detailing the SCCD's role in inspections can be found on this web page's right column.)


The PA SCC (Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission) increased its average weights in 2017 for many agricultural animal species. This may redefine some farms from non-CAOs to CAOs (concentrated animal operations) or from non-CAFOs to CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).

New CAOs are required to have an approved nutrient management plan (NMP) instead of a regular manure management plan (MMP). New CAFOs are required to have an approved NMP and an approved permit from DEP.

The Conservation District staff is asking farmers and animal operations to meet with us to determine whether you will be a CAO and/or CAFO in the near future. If so, we will point you in the right direction towards compliance.

 SCCD Updates

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has just changed their email addresses. They are as follows:



New Email

Phone Ext.

District Manager

Jason Winey


Agricultural Conservation Technician

Barry Spangler


Nutrient Management Technician

Chip Spatz


Resource Conservation Technician

Tim Hornberger


Watershed Specialist

Lauren Maguire


Administrative Assistant

Renee Swineford


Our new general email address is  Our phone number remains 570-837-3000 and our fax number is still 570-837-7300.


The Snyder County Conservation District (along with major sponsors to be identified soon) will host an agricultural winter meeting on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Conservation District has successfully secured Pesticide credits and Nutrient Management credits from the PA Department of Agriculture.

Scheduled presenters will come from Penn State, agricultural and conservation agencies. Topics include: Compliance from DEP's standpoint, attracting native pollinators, cover crops and soil health, benefits and reasons for soil testing, program updates, seed treatments, and other information eligible for pesticide credits. Click here for a copy of the flyer and agenda.

Lunch is $5.00 per person. Pay at the door. Call 570-837-3000, x110, for reservations at the Snyder County Conservation District Office (or Email: by Friday, February 1, 2019.

Note #1: If assistance to participate is required, contact the Conservation District by February 1, 2019, for coordination.

Note #2: If you are a business interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor and/or having a placemat advertisement, contact Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.


Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, with help from the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD), will host two winter meetings manure haulers and manure brokers.  Both meetings will be on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the SCCD Office’s basement conference room, located at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, PA.

The morning workshop, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, is for all manure haulers and brokers. Topics include manure hauler/broker program updates, industry survey results, manure gas safety, reviewing manure application setbacks, winter and early spring application concerns, and spotted lanternfly permitting.

The afternoon workshop, running from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., is targeted for those who hold “Manure Broker Level 2” certification and are trained to write Act 49 nutrient balance sheets (NBS). Items of discussion are record keeping updates, NBS submission requirements, how to sample “co-mingled” manures, and using the most recent NBS spreadsheets.

Attendees who stay for the end of each workshop will receive PA Department of Agriculture sponsored 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for their certification.

Registration is required.  Either email Robb Meinen, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, at or call him and leave a message at 814-865-5986. There is no cost to attend either workshop.  For those who attend both workshops, lunch is on your own.

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and Snyder County Commissioners are seeking landowners interested in planting forested or multifunctional riparian buffers funded through a DCNR (PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources) Riparian Buffer Grant Program. Funding is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Interested landowners are encouraged to contact Lauren Maguire, SCCD Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114, for additional 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, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x112, Lauren Maguire, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114, 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.


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.

Snyder County is currently not within the PA quarantine zone. However, all Pennsylvania residents and guests are asked to do their part in controlling this pest. 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

Recent Happenings: Go to "Conservation News" section of this web page for additional details: 
  • SCCD using new email addresses (See above)
News Updates:
Effective or Happening Now:
Upcoming Events:
  • Manure Hauler/Broker Meetings: February 12, 2019, SCCD Office Conference Room, Middleburg (See Above)
  • Farmers Winter Meeting, February 15, 2019, Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove
  • Annual Awards Banquet: March 29, Christ Community United Methodist Church, Selinsgrove, 6:30 p.m.
  • Annual Tree & Seed Sale: Orders with Payment  Due April 5.

Other Items:

  • PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) now accepting REAP tax credit applications
  • Cost share for plan development available through PA DEP.

 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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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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