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 SCCD Updates

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD), in cooperation with local Snyder County farm operations and USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) Middleburg Field Office staff, held a farm conservation practice tour for farmers on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

The tour stopped at two dairy, crop and pasture farms that had conservation practices, called best management practices (BMPs), installed on their farms to prevent nutrient and sediment pollution. 

Visitors were able to see actual BMPs at work. Questions were answered by the host farmers, Shane Eia, NRCS Civil Engineering Technician, Middleburg Field Office and by other NRCS and SCCD staff.

ASnyder County Agricultural BMP Guide” (AG BMP Guide) was distributed to visitors. The guide included BMPs shown during the tour as well as other BMPs not seed but installed within the county. All photos within the guide were taken on Snyder County farms.

A detailed synopsis of the tour can be downloaded from this website. You can also 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.

Staff members from the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) helped teach elementary school students about our environment and natural resources in April and May 2016 at three separate occasions.

At West Snyder Elementary School, a SCCD technician was invited to speak to 5th graders about the water cycle, water quality and quantity, and ways to save water and prevent its pollution. Read more about it here.

The Middleburg Elementary School asked the SCCD to organize an event for their kindergarten students for the second year in a row. SCCD staff, along with people from Susquehanna  University, Bald Eagle State Forest District Office, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and Penn State Extension, gave talks and held activities for the students. Click here for additional details.

The SCCD was invited again to Middleburg Elementary School to coordinate an environmental education competition for their 5th graders. The event, called the “Fifth Grade Envirothon,” was held on May 18, 2016, at the school grounds. Students were assigned into teams of three to five and given an opportunity to study for topics such as wildlife, forestry, aquatics, vernal pools and soils & agricultural conservation practices. Click here for event details.

Forty-eight teams involving nearly 230 students from fourteen schools in five central Pennsylvania counties arrived at the Shikellamy State Park Overlook for the 2016 annual Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon held on April 26.  (The Overlook is located near Northumberland, PA in Union County.)

Topics that the students were tested in were wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and a specific current issues topic that changes yearly.  The current issue topic for this year is invasive species.

A team from Midd-West High School won were the Snyder County winners, placing 8th out of 48 teams. A Bloomsburg Christian School team won the overall event.

For additional information and pictures, please check out this wrap-up. All county winning teams advance to the PA Envirothon, held on May 24 & 25, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove and Camp Mount Luther west of Mifflinburg.

Update: A similar event was held for middle school students at Montour Preserve near Danville & Washingtonville, PA. A team from Selinsgrove Area Middle School placed second out of 34 teams. They also were the top team in the wildlife station. (Click here for a wrap-up) A team from Bloomsburg Christian School placed first overall.

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held its annual tree, and plant sale in 2016. 

The SCCD offered the following: Black Hills White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Red Oak, Honey Crisp Apple, Sandra Rose Cherry, Johnboy Peach, Duke Blueberry, Southern Magnolia, Burning Bush, Paw Paw, and Hibiscus. Seeds include Ginseng, Wildflower and Gourd.  We are trying something different this year: Horseradish roots and Hops rhizomes.

Also, we will be selling Sunflower seeds (bird food), bluebird boxes, tree planting bars, rain barrels, tree tubes and soil test kits.

A wrap-up of the sale can be found here.

For more information about the 2016 sale, contact Craig Bingman, SCCD District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114.

Snyder County farmers interested in hiring a private consultant to write a manure management plan (MMP) or a nutrient management plan (NMP) can apply for funding assistance through the Snyder County Conservation District.

The pressure is on farmers to comply with new agricultural environmental regulations enforced by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Farmers who plan ahead and work towards environmental regulation compliance now will benefit from this available assistance.

 

Farmers interested in applying for financial assistance for manure storages, barnyard improvements or similar practices will need a nutrient management plan (NMP).

Interested farmers must complete an application with the Conservation District by Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Download additional information here, or contact Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician at 570-837-3000, x118.

The Conservation District has recently released and printed two new publications.

One is the 2015 Conservation District Annual Report regarding our activities from last year. The other is the "Snyder County Agricultural BMP Guide," an updated edition of practices to help farmers and water quality that was first printed in 2005.

You can request a paper copy or download them from this website.

Now available until supplies last:

Sunflower Seed for Bird Seed

Some Bird Feeders Remain

A 50 lb. bag sells for $20.00. A few feeders also remain. Contact the Conservation District at 570-837-3000 (sccd@ptd.net) for details.

 

You may have heard some information about PA Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Chesapeake Bay "Reboot" due to US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) disappointment about PA's efforts in meeting the state's reducing pollution goals for the Chesapeake Bay.

One "Reboot" item DEP is proposing may affect conservation districts in PA in which they are being asking to conduct compliance inspections on farms

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

After reading our "Reboot" article, if you still have questions, please contact SCCD 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 (light green) with PA Counties outlined and Snyder County shaded in dark green.

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.

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, Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) 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.

Update: Two MMP workshops were held in February and March 2016. Click here for details.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held a two session workshop on April 4 & 18 in showing farmers, landowners, livestock/equine owners/boarders and consultants to:

  • Create field maps that are acceptable for use in their manure management plans (MMPs), and
  • Write agricultural erosion & sedimentation plans (Ag. E&S plans) with supporting soil and topographical maps and develop maps through PAOneStop.

PAOneStop is a web based mapping program developed by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences with support by various agencies and non-government organizations. 

A wrap-up of the event can be downloaded. Questions can also be forwarded to Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

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 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 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
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 Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant
 
For more information about renting office space within the SCCD Building, contact Craig Bingman, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114 or cbingman@ptd.net.
 

 SCCD Conservation News

 SCCD Upcoming Events

 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.

On Wednesdays, a staff person from PA Rep. Fred Keller's office will be available to answer questions in our lower level conference room from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Our lower level office suite is currently available for rent. Please contact Craig Bingman, SCCD District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114, for information.

 

 SCCD Publications & Links

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