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 Special Update for the Agricultural Community

DEP to Review Compliance of Selected Farms in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Continuing efforts to reduce annual loading of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment entering the Chesapeake Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has notified a selection of farmers in the Bay Watershed that officials will be visiting farms soon to verify and review the operation’s manure management and agricultural erosion and sediment control plans.

It is important that we identify good practices and become aware of gaps in having these mandated plans,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These visits will help us document compliance with state requirements, and direct resources where they are needed most.”

Initially, visits will be in high-priority areas of the watershed, to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment runoff as quickly as possible.

The value, McDonnell said, is as important nearby as it is further downstream. “Farmers’ plans control erosion and manage manure, which directly helps improve local water quality,” he said.

Approximately 2,000 of the 33,000 Pennsylvania farmers in the bay watershed were selected at random for notification by letter this week.

The letter notes that DEP is responsible for ensuring that the nutrient and sediment loads are reduced enough to meet federally mandated allocations by 2025, and that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the urban stormwater and agricultural sectors are not making sufficient progress toward achieving these allocations.

The visits will allow DEP and Conservation District staff to ensure compliance with basic requirements to have and implement written plans to:

  • Properly handle, store and land-apply animal manure and agricultural process wastewater on the farm consistent with the nutrient needs of growing crops (commonly referred to as a manure management plan, [MMP]); and
  • Properly manage risks of erosion and runoff from agricultural plowing or tilling operations and animal heavy use areas (commonly referred to as an agricultural erosion and sediment control plan, or Ag E&S Plan).

For more DEP information on Chesapeake Bay-related efforts, visit their Chesapeake Bay webpage.

Note #1: Snyder County Conservation District Board of Directors voted to assist with these visits for the current 2016-2017 PA fiscal year. Not all conservation districts have agreed to participate with these compliance visits.

Note #2: Much of this information was supplied by Brenda J. Shambaugh, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD).

Members of the Snyder County Farm Bureau asked the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) in late spring 2016 to write an article in its newsletter updating their members regarding the visited mentioned above. A copy of this article may be viewed from our website.

After reading the SCCD "Reboot" article, if you still have questions, please contact District Manager Craig Bingman at 570-837-3000, x114.

The take home message to the agricultural community: Work on making sure you have your plans, follow those plans, and keep records. Check out our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more information.

Above: A map of US states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed (white zone within green boundary).

 SCCD Updates

 

The Snyder County Conservation District held its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove.

Several individuals, municipal leaders and FFA members were honored for their efforts toward conservation. A delicious turkey and filling dinner will be served.

This year's guest speaker was Mike Klimkos, a retired PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) employee, who gave a presentation on “The Fires of Penn’s Woods”. Logging, charcoal making, railroads, mining and other industries that helped Pennsylvania grow were all dependent on Pennsylvania forests in order to prosper. Fire followed the axe as the vast forests of the state were cut. Come hear Mike tell the history of what formed our forests.

For more details, check out our banquet wrap-up. You can also contact our office (570-837-3000; sccd@ptd.net) as well.

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is holding its annual tree, seed, and plant sale in 2017. Orders were due with payment on March 31.

If you ordered from us, we thank you. You can picked up your orders at our office (10541 Route 522, Middleburg) on Wednesday, April 12 (2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Thursday, April 13 (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).

For directions on how to reach our office, you can click here for a map or contact our office for verbal directions during work hours by dialing 570-837-3000.

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) its annual Farmer’s Winter Meeting on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove. Major sponsors were AgChoice Farm Credit, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, L & M Seed Dealership, Doebler’s, Rosetree Consulting, RHP Law Group, LLC and Susquehanna Valley Veterinary.

Approximately 90 people attended the meeting. Topics presented during the meeting include the following:  Crop insurance, manure storage and handling safety, Conservation District and U.S. Department of Agriculture updates, and agricultural conservation practices. There was also information about GMO crops, pesticide resistance, new herbicide products and soybean production hints.

Guest speakers came from USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA), Penn State Departments of Agriculture Economics, Sociology & Education and Animal Science and Penn State Extension (PSE) office in Mifflinburg and Lebanon.

Attendees paid $5.00 to attend the event. Participants were able to receive pesticide, nutrient management and manure hauler/broker credits through the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA).  Vendors representing various businesses and organizations were also present at various rooms before and during the meeting.

For more information: Download a wrap-up here or contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) invited public road owning entities (e.g.: municipalities, county governments, government agencies) to an informational meeting to hear about grant program opportunities for eligible dirt & gravel and low volume trafficked roads. The session was held at the Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 Route 104, Middleburg and opened with a catered breakfast for attendees.

A wrap-up of the meeting can be found here. For additional information, please contact Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x113.

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.

 

The Conservation District is holding two workshops at the Snyder County Emergency Services building on Monday, April 17 and Monday, April 24. Both sessions start at 6:00 p.m. The Emergency Services Building is located on 30 Universal Road (off of US Route 522), west of Selinsgrove.

This two-part workshop will teach farmers and livestock/equine owners/boarders how to make maps for their manure management plans (MMPs) and how to write 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. 

The April 17 meeting will explain the mapping process while the April 24 session will explain Ag. E&S planning.  Between sessions, participants are encouraged to work making farm maps on their computers with internet access.  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, by Thursday, April 13.

The events are free and light refreshments will be provided at each session. Click here for a flyer.

 

 

The Snyder County Conservation District held two workshops to aid farmers and livestock/equine owners/boarders in writing their own manure management plans (MMPs). The workshops were held on February 23 and February 25, 2017, at the Conservation District office. Participants left the workshop with knowledge and information to complete a manure management plan workbook that meets current environmental regulations required by PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). A synopsis of these meetings can be found here.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has just published the following:

You can click on the links above to download a copy, contact Renee Swineford, Administrative Assistant (570-837-3000, x110) to request a copy, or stop by our office (10541 Route 522, Middleburg) to pick up a copy.

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, along with the PA Department of Revenue, are 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:
  • Pick up tree, plant and seed orders at SCCD Office on Wednesday & Thursday, April 12 & 13, 2017.
  • Ag. Erosion & Sedimentation Plan & Mapping Workshops: Monday, April 17 & Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Snyder County Emergency Services Building, 30 Universal Road (off of US 522), Selinsgrove, each session starting at 6:00 a.m. Registration Deadline: April 13.
  • Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon: Tuesday, April 25, Shikellamy State Park: Overlook Section, near Northumberland & Shamokin Dam
  • Susquehanna Valley Middle School Envirothon: Tuesday, May 9, Montour Preserve, near Danville
  • Center for Dirt & Gravel Roads Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Course: Wednesday & Thursday, June 7 & 8, Susquehanna Valley Country Club, Hummels Wharf.
  • Agroforestry Workshop: Friday, June 16, Shade Mountain Winery, Middleburg, 9:00 a.m.

 

 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
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 the Staff and Board Members of the Snyder County Conservation District
 

 SCCD Conservation News

 Upcoming SCCD Events

 Non-SCCD Events of Interest

Coffee 'n Conservation Soil Health Meeting

Monday, April 10, 2017; 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Chip Spatz Farm, 2658 Sand Valley RD, Richfield
 
Topics: Planting Green, Challenges & Successes
 
Reserve by calling 570-837-3000, x119 or 717-436-4010
 

 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 (SCCD) currently has two tenants in our office building. They are:

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

We welcome our newest tenant, Edwards Moving & Rigging.

 

 SCCD Publications & Links

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 Cooperating Agencies: External Links

 Other Groups & Contacts: (External Links)