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 SCCD Updates


On November 7, Snyder County Conservation District's (SCCD) Jason Winey helped out with a student leadership event held by Selinsgrove Middle School teachers at Camp Mt. Luther in western Union County, PA.

Curious about what these students built and are holding in the photo above? Find out by checking out this article.

For more information about this and other SCCD events related to youth, go to our Education & Youth web page.


The Snyder County Conservation District is currently selling a large selection of bird feeders, as well as suet and bird seed. Click to view or download a description of what we have.

We also are selling bat houses for $40.00 each.

Questions? Call us at 570-837-3000 or email us at


The Snyder County Conservation District, along with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Penn State Extension, held a Farmers Field Day on By A Dam Site Farms along Troup Road, Beaver Springs on Thursday, November 6, 2014. 

Twenty-three (23) people were present for the event. Demonstrations such as the NRCS's rainfall simulator showing how different soil coverage scenarios affect water runoff and retention and a manure spreader calibration conducted by SCCD staff gave farmers insight on what they can do to better manage their soils and manure nutrients. A soil scientist guided attendees what to look for underneath the soil surface in regards to soil health. Farmers also walked through a demonstration plot where the Penn State interseeder sowed cover crops between standing corn rows.

Want more information? Please contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician (570-837-3000, x118) or check out this post-meeting release.


Three representatives from the PA Envirothon Board of Directors, who also work for the SCCD, received a donation of $10,000.00 from a local business in November.

For more details about the donation and the PA Envirothon, read this attachment.

A rain barrel workshop was held at the SCCD office on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Click here for more details. The meeting was in cooperation with the Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association. For more information about rain barrels, contact Jason Winey, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x112. 

The Snyder County Conservation District has office space available for rent. Contact either Craig Bingman, District Manager (x114), or Renee Swineford, Administrative Assistant (x110), at 570-837-3000, for inquiries. General email:

The State Conservation Commission (SCC) is again offering a tax credit program (REAP) again for farmers who have:

  1. Already have installed best management practices (BMPs), or
  2. Plan to do so by June 2015.

Tax Credits may also go towards the purchase of no-till planting and other certain equipment. Costs not covered by financial assistance programs for farmers to hire people to write manure management plans (MMPs), nutrient management plans (NMPs), conservation plans or agricultural erosion & sedimentation (Ag. E&S) plans are also eligible.

Contact Barry Spangler (SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, 570-837-3000, x118) or Joel Semke (SCCD REAP Administrator, 717-787-8821) for more information.

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, 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.

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

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:
  • Feb. 13, 2015: Farmers Winter Meeting, Selinsgrove
  • Mar. 21, 2015: Annual Banquet, Selinsgrove
  • Apr. 11, 2015: Women in Agriculture Workshop, Shade Mt. Winery

Non-SCCD Events:

  • Jan. 30, 2015: Penn State Extension Regional Crop Conference, Mifflinburg
  • Feb. 25, 2015: Manure Hauler-Broker Meeting, Selinsgrove


 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
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.

 Office Space for Rent


The Snyder County Conservation District has office space available for rent. Contact either Craig Bingman, District Manager (x114), or Renee Swineford, Administrative Assistant (x110), at 570-837-3000, for inquiries. General email:


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A message brought to you by Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant 

 SCCD Conservation News

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 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.


Currently, the Conservation District is accepting applications farmers to help cost share the hiring of someone to write a nutrient management plan (NMP) or a manure management plan (MMP). This cost share is for a farmer to hire someone to write a NMP or MMP. The application deadline is Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Contact Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118, today for details or click here for more info.


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