Do you own stream front property or enjoy picking your own fruit, berries and nuts? Then we have exciting news for you!
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. Not only will landowners reap the benefits of fruit and nut production, but will experience less stream bank erosion, and ultimately improve overall stream health.
Not interested in a multifunctional buffer? No problem, the DCNR grant also includes the establishment of native forested riparian buffers. 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.
FARM GIRLS ROCK WORKSHOP
Women have a vital role on today's agricultural operations, often times being the bookkeeper, communications manager, human resources manager and laborer, all in one!
Join the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and AgChoice Farm Credit on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 Route 104, north of Middleburg, PA, to celebrate the role of women in the agricultural industry and learn some information that will be helpful for you, on and off the farm. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m..
Lunch will be served. The program will cost $5.00 per person. Bring a friend or family member. All attendees will receive a free gift to help spread the message that "Farm Girls Rock!" Anticipated speakers, topics and activities include:
Reservations to Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant (570-837-3000, x110, firstname.lastname@example.org) is preferred. Space is limited, so RSVP early! Walk-ins accepted.
Tax Credit Program Available for Farmers’ Plans, BMPs
A PA tax credit program (REAP Program: Resource Enhancement and Protection Program) exists for farmers who installed or plan to install best management practices (BMPs), have planted cover crops the prior crop year, or have purchased or will purchase no-till planting or specialized manure handling equipment. Farmers can also receive tax credits for nutrient management plans (NMPs), manure management plans (MMPs), conservation plans and agricultural erosion & sedimentation (Ag. E&S) plans. REAP is through the PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) and PA Department of Revenue.
It should be noted that any interested farmer must have an MMP or NMP (if produce or receive manure) AND an up to date conservation or Ag. E&S plans on all land they own and rent to qualify for BMP and equipment tax credits. If not, tax credits can only go towards the development of MMPs, NMPs, conservation and Ag. E&S plans.
Contact anyone at the Snyder County Conservation District office (570-837-3000), or Joel Semke, SCC REAP Program Administrator in Harrisburg, PA, at 717-705-4032 for information. You can also receive information or download an application by going to the SCC's REAP website.
The SCC plans to start accepting applications beginning on September 16, 2019, for completed and proposed projects at this time.
Cost Share Available for Farm Plans Written by Private Sector
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) is currently offering a cost share program for agricultural operators and landowners to help with costs for hiring a commercial plan writer to develop the following:
Any of the plans listed above and completed after January 1, 2019, are eligible. Applicants must:
Complete an application and submit it by April 1, 2020, or when funds expire, whichever happens first.
Submit the plan(s), with reimbursement request form, for a completeness review by May 30, 2019.
For basic information or applicable forms, contact Snyder County Conservation District Ag. Conservation Technician, Barry Spangler at 570-837-3000, extension 118. Snyder County farmers can also leave a message for Josh Glace, Larson Design Group, Inc., 1780 State Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 (570-374-5700 x4011) for detailed information.
Fossil Dig at Faylor Lake: September 29
A community fossil dig, organized by the Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy will be held at the quarry along Shale Pit Road, Beaver Springs, on Sunday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is for anyone, including families, willing to explore nature. Arrive anytime your schedule suits. For more information, call the Conservancy at 570-524-8666, email them at email@example.com or check out its website at www.linnconservancy.org.
Walk in the Woods set for Faylor Lake: October 6
Enjoy an approximately two-mile walk leaving from the Faylor Lake Boat Launch, 750 Mattern Road, Beaver Springs. You will be traveling across the dam breast and into the wooded trail section across the lake. Local Snyder County Conservation staff will be on hand to lead the walk and answer questions. The walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Note: This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. Click here for a detailed write-up.
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. Questions? Contact Chip Spatz, SCCD Nutrient Management Technician, at 570-837-3000, x119.
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