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 To All Snyder County Farmers

Info for Snyder County Farmers, Agriculture & Livestock/Equine Operations

During this busy time of year, the Snyder County Conservation District wants to relay some pertinent information to our farmers and agricultural/livestock/equine operations.

1.) Since 2016, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), with the urging of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has asked conservation districts to assist DEP to inspect farms in their respective counties within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Snyder County Conservation District 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 an additional twelve months (July 2018 – June 2019).

During an inspection, Conservation District staff will be ensuring compliance with 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].

In the meantime, Conservation District staff asks that famers work on seeking our guidance in getting their plans and operations in compliance. We may be able to assist in developing MMPs and Ag. E&S Plans. There may be a time in the future when a Conservation District staff member visits a farm and the plans are not in compliance. It’s possible that we may not be able to help and would be forced to report the problem to DEP and/or the State Conservation Commission (SCC).

2.) Also, the SCC 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.

3.) If a farmer or an agricultural operation is thinking of building a new facility, manure storage or stacking structure, or other work that involves earth disturbance, please make an appointment with the Conservation District staff during the planning stages.

 

Depending on the situation, you may require an erosion & sedimentation control plan (E&S Plan), a federal excavation permit, an odor management plan (OMP), a P.E. (Professional Engineer) developed design and drawings for liquid manure storages, and proof of agricultural compliance plans (i.e., MMPs, NMPs, Ag. E&S Plans, conservation plans). 

If you have any questions or want to meet with us, please feel free to contact anyone at the Snyder County Conservation District at 570-837-3000.  We are located at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg. You can also visit our website at www.snyderconservaiton.org.

Note #1: This letter was written by Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician and sent to local and agricultural newspapers in June 2018.

Note #2: A copy of this letter can be downloaded here

 SCCD Updates

After dedicating his life's work as being the Snyder County Conservation District's only full-time District Manager, Craig Bingman is retiring after 40 years and 10 months of service. His last day on the job is slated for Friday, August 3, 2018.

Please feel free to download "The Life and Times of Craig Bingman" to review his work with the Conservation District over the years.

An excerpt from the above mentioned paper:

"Craig began his work with the Snyder County Conservation District under the title Executive Assistant on October 1, 1977.  There was a total staff of 2-3 people and NO computers.  At that time the only programs that conservation districts administered were the erosion and sedimentation control program, school programs, gypsy moth spray program and cooperator visits.  Shortly thereafter the stream encroachment permit delegation (Chapter 105) was added for stream crossings, bridges, ponds, bank stabilization, etc."

Good luck, Craig, and enjoy your retirement with your family and friends.

Pictured Above (left to right): Craig Bingman, Retired SCCD District Manager, receives citations of recognition from PA Senator John Gordner (27th District), PA Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (108th District) and PA Representative Fred Keller (85th District).

 

During its joint conference with the PA State Conservation Commission (SCC), the PA Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) recognized several conservation minded individuals during its awards luncheon on June 18, 2018.

One of those recognized was Renee Swineford, Administrative Assistant for the Snyder County Conservation District for 12 years. Go ahead and read the excerpt from PACD's news release of the event.

Pictured Above (left to right): PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, PA Department of
Agriculture Deputy Secretary for Animal Health and Food Safety Gregory Hostetter, PA Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, award recipient Kelly Smith, award recipient Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant, PACD President Charles Duritsa, and PACD North Central Region Director Dr. Robert Shannon.

 

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:

http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/quarantine/Pages/default.aspx https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly

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

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, 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.

Recent Happenings: Go to "Conservation News" section of this web page for additional details: 
News Updates:
Effective or Happening Now:
Upcoming Events:
  • PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) now accepting REAP tax credit applications beginning on August 6.

 

 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.
 

 Our Sign Says ...

 
 
 
A message brought to you by the Staff and Board Members of the Snyder County Conservation District
 

 Meet Our New District Manager

 
Say Hello to Our New District Manager
 
 
Jason Winey
 
Jason served as the Conservation District Watershed Specialist, main conservation/environmental educator, state Enviriothon board member, and administrator of the county farmland preservation program for the past ten years.
 

 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.

 

 

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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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 Cooperating Agencies: External Links

 Other Groups & Contacts: (External Links)