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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 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. 
 
Note: We also have other items on our website about programs we do not cover (e.g.: Streambank PermittingWoodland Management), that may be informative to you (Gypsy Moth & Other Pests) or are distantly linked to us (Selinsgrove Grounds).
 

 SCCD Updates

FARM GIRLS ROCK WORKSHOP

On October 26, 2019, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and AgChoice Farm Credit held another Farm Girls Rock workshop 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 on and off the farm.

A list of speakers, topics and activities during  the event include:

  • Amy Stoltzfus: Successful Local Entrepreneur--Cowgirl Cheesecakes
  • Carrie Bomgardner: AgChoice Farm Credit--Social Media Etiquette
  • Valerie Fry: Selinsgrove Ag. Education Teacher-- Investing in your future FFA
  • Lauren Cheran: SCCD Watershed Specialist--Make and Take Succulent Planter

More details about the event can be found here. If you have questions, contact Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant, at 570-837-3000, x110.

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Outdoor Education Photo taken in 2017

Members from the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) were invited to Camp Mt. Luther (west of Mifflinburg, PA) to teach fifth graders about two stations held during Midd-West School District’s annual Outdoor Education program.  SCCD staff gave their presentations on October 17 and 24, 2019, to approximately 165 fifth graders.

At one station, students learned about the importance of bees and other pollinators as well as the usefulness of soil.  At a separate station, each group of students was able to learn about aquatic life in streams along a stream section that runs through Camp Mount Luther. 

A more detailed description regarding the SCCD’s participation in Midd-West’s Outdoor Education program can be found here. For additional information, contact Lauren Cheran, SCCD Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114.

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A Stream Buffer & CREP Field Day event was held on October 16, 2019, in which twenty-five (25) farmers, landowners, a newly elected state representative, a county commissioner, interested persons and conservation agency and non-government staff members participated.

Attendees started at the Fremont Fire Department’s Social Hall in Mt. Pleasant Mills in order to travel together to visit five sites within Snyder County. At each site, partners from the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pheasants Forever (PF) and PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry, offered their expertise regarding the establishment and maintenance of successful riparian (forested and non-forested) buffers as well as warm and cool season grasses for wildlife habitat.

Additional information and pictures can be accessed here. 

Note #1: For program information about CREP, contact your nearest USDA-FSA office, which administers the program. In Snyder and Union Counties, the FSA office is located at 405 West Market Street, Middleburg, PA 17842. The phone number is 570-837-0007, x2.

Note #2: For technical assistance regarding CREP, contact your nearest USDA-NRCS office. In Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder and Union Counties, contact Katy Lewis, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, located at the USDA-NRCS Middleburg Field Office (401 West Market Street, Middleburg, PA 17842) by calling 570-837-3000, x4029 or emailing klewis@pheasantsforever.org.

Note #3: For information about the SCCD Stream Riparian Buffer Program, contact Lauren Cheran, SCCD Watershed Specialist, at her office (10541 Route 522, Middleburg, PA 17842) by calling 570-837-3000, x114 or emailing her at watershed@snydercd.org.

Note #4: Financial and other support for the CREP Outreach Program Office Mini-grant Program is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and with additional support from USDA-NRCS. 

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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 Cheran, SCCD Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114 for additional information.

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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. If a farmer would like assistance to help complete a REAP application, please make an appointment with someone at our office.

The SCC is now accepting applications for completed and proposed projects. You can download this year's REAP Guidelines packet and REAP Application packet.

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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:

  • a manure management plan (MMP)
  • a nutrient management plan (NMP)
  • an agricultural erosion & sedimentation plan (Ag. E&S Plan)
  • a conservation plan (similar to a plan written by USDA-Natural Resources C

Any of the plans listed above and completed after January 1, 2019, are eligible. Applicants must:

  1. Complete an application and submit it by April 1, 2020, or when funds expire, whichever happens first.
  2. 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.

You can download a packet consisting of a registration form, reimbursement request form and frequently asked questions (FAQs) here regarding this program.

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Other SCCD Updates & News

 Your Construction Project May Require Plans or Permits
 
Go to our "Worksite Erosion Prevention" Webpage
for details.

Funding is Available Now for Road Projects
 
for details.

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Recent Happenings: Go to "Conservation News" section of this web page for additional details: 
News Updates:
Effective or Happening Now:
Upcoming Events (SCCD & Other):
  • Penn State Extension Hay Production Workshop, December 18, 2019 @ Mifflinburg. Call 1-877-345-0691
  • Farmers Winter Meeting, February 14, 2020.
  • Municipal Leaders Meeting, March 18, 2020. (Snow Date: March 19)

Other Items:

  • PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) is accepting REAP tax credit applications. Scroll above for guidelines and an application.
  • Cost share for plan development available through PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Scroll above to download an information packet.
  • Small Business Grant for "small" agricultural BMPs through PA DEP

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

 

The Snyder County Conservation District wants to relay some pertinent information to farmers and agricultural, livestock and 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 voted that its staff conduct these inspections while still offering technical assistance.

During an inspection, Conservation District staff will determine whether farmers:

·         Properly handle, store and land apply animal manure and agricultural process wastewater on the operation 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 operators seek our help in getting their plans and operations in compliance. We may be able to assist in developing MMPs and Ag. E&S Plans. However, there may be a future time when a Conservation District staff member visits an operation, the plans are not in compliance, and we are not allowed to help and are forced to report the problem immediately to DEP and/or the State Conservation Commission (SCC).

2.) In 2017, the SCC increased its average weights for many agricultural animal species. This may redefine some operations 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 detailed NMP instead of a simpler regular MMP. New CAFOs are required to have an approved NMP and an approved permit from DEP.

The Conservation District staff asks animal operations to meet with us to determine whether they will be a CAO and/or CAFO. If so, we will point the operator in the right direction towards compliance.

3.) Also, if a farmer or agricultural/equine 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 early during the planning stages.

Depending on the situation, you may require an excavation 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). 

4.) Finally, the Conservation District 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. The Conservation District is also seeking agricultural operators interested in installing manure handling and soil erosion prevention practices called best management practices (BMPs). These BMPs include streambank fencing, improved barnyards, manure storages and pasture watering systems.

The take home message to farmers and agricultural, livestock and equine operations regarding compliance: Meet with the Snyder County Conservation District now before someone knocks on you door unprepared and conducts an inspection without the proper plans and manure handling and soil erosion prevention practices.

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. Our general email is sccd@snydercd.org. 

Specific Staff Contact Information: Jason Winey, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x112, Lauren Cheran, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114, Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118, Chip Spatz, Nutrient Management Technician, at 570-837-3000, x119, or Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x113.

 Contact Information

 
Snyder County Conservation District
sccd@snydercd.org
 
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.
 

 December SCCD Board Meeting Notice

 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Snyder County Conservation District Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, starting at 4:00 p.m., at the Hoss's Steak & Sea House Restaurant, 3134 North Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876.

 

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 Do You Have Your AG Plans?

 

DO YOU HAVE YOUR PLANS?

Manure Management or Nutrient Management Plan? Conservation or Ag. Erosion & Sedimentation Plans?

If yes, are they up to date? If not, meet with the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) as soon as possible. We will explain what is required of you and point you to the right direction. PA DEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) staff has been conducting inspections throughout the state to determine if farmers are following the new regulations. Many conservation districts, including SCCD, has been tasked by DEP and its Board of Directors, to assist with these inspections on a year-to-year basis.

During an inspection, the farmer, operator or landowner will be visited to see if they are meeting the 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].

Contact us and go to our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more details. We can be reached at 570-837-3000 or sccd@snydercd.org. (A letter detailing the SCCD's role in inspections can be found on this web page's right column.)

 

 SCCD Publications & Links

 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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