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Meetings and Workshops
Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District > Meetings and Workshops

 Farmer's Winter Meeting


Since 2001, the Snyder County Conservation District has held an annual winter meeting for farmers. Conservation topics, as well as other agricultural issues are discussed.

A Winter Meeting was held on Friday, February 14, 2020, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church north of Selinsgrove, PA. Speakers from various groups spoke to the group.

Click here‚Äč for a summary for the 2020 meeting. You may also contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician (570-837-3000, x118) for more information.

Stay tuned for updates regarding our 2021 Farmers Winter Meeting.


 Women in Agriculture


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!

The Snyder County Conservation District and AgChoice Farm Credit hosted a Farm Girls Rock on October 26, 2019, at the Shade Mountain Winery. Sixty-four (64) people attended. Click here for details about the meeting.

The Conservation District has held eight Women in Ag Forums in the past. This Farm Girls Rock was its ninth meeting geared toward women in agriculture. Please contact Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant at 570-837-3000, x110 for more info.


 Farmers Field Days & Tours


A CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) & Stream Buffer Field Day Event was held on July 28, 2016. Three farms in eastern Snyder County were visited as well as presentations and information supplied by experts from various agencies and non-government organizations.

Topics included: successful establishment and maintenance of buffers, controlling invasive and noxious weeds and CREP program rules. Click here for a wrap-up of the event.

Another Stream Buffer CREP Field Day was held on October 16, 2019, in which participants visited five sites and heard from various speakers from several agencies and organizations. A write-up about the 2019 event can be found here.


An Agricultural Best Management Practice (BMP) Tour was held in western Snyder County on April 28, 2016, with much help from the NRCS's (Natural Resources Conservation Service) Middleburg Field Office staff.

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. One tour stop was at Carper Acres main farm near McClure where Warrencrest Holsteins are located.  Waite-N-Ce Farm north of Beavertown was the second tour stop. (Click here for a detailed wrap-up and photos.)

Other BMPs not shown on either farm were shown during a slide presentation. An Agricultural BMP Guide, produced by the Conservation District, was also passed out showing various structural and field BMPs installed throughout Snyder County. (Copies can be downloaded from our website or can be picked up at our office.)


On April 10 and 11, 2014, the SCCD held two field day events for farmers in cooperation with USDA-NRCS and Penn State Extension. The Beaver Community Fairgrounds in Beaver Springs hosted the April 10 event, while the April 11 event was held where the Middlecreek Valley Antique Association holds their events near Selinsgrove.

The field days' emphasis was showing farmers some tools on how to manage manure and other nutrients, soil health and soil moisture. Instead of wrenches, sockets and pliers, these tools utilize the farmer's mind.

Cover crops was also discussed. Farmers witnessed actual demonstrations of a manure spreader being calibrated and the importance of soil health. People also saw a rainfall simulator put together by NRCS field staff demonstrating the importance of vegetation, crop residue and reduced tillage regarding water runoff and retention. More pictures and details can be found on our website.

A similar field day event was held on November 6, 2014, on By A Dam Site Farms' main operation north of Beaver Springs. Farmers LaMar Troup & Chris Harvey was a site of a cover crop demonstration in which the Penn State interseeder was tested. Click here for more details and pictures regarding  this event.



 No-Till & Soil Health Informational Meetings


The Conservation District has held several no-till informational meetings since 2007. Two no-till meetings were held on February 28 and March 1, 2012. (More details about the 2012 meetings can be found in the "Meetings & Workshops Downloads" section.)

On February 23, 2016, three soil health informational meetings were held for farmers, landowners, gardeners and other interested persons. Click here for a detailed description as well as other links regarding soil health.

These meetings serve as a informative, yet informal, way of exchanging ideas on how to start and maintain a way of management that can improve soils on their farms. Participants picked the topics.

Contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician (570-837-3000, x118) or the NRCS Middleburg Field Office (570-837-0007, x3) regarding no-tilling, cover cropping and improving soil health.



 Other Events, Meetings, Etc.

The SCCD also has hosted other field days, gave presentations during agricultural and civic group meetings and business-sponsored events, and had displays at the Beaver Community Fair. We also have publications related to many conservation topics. Some of them can be found in various web pages.

A sample of what else we have done are as follows:


On March 29, 2019, our annual awards banquet was held at Christ Community United Methodist Church near Selinsgrove. Several people, including FFA members, educators and municipal leaders were honored. A local entertainer sang songs afterwards. Click here for photos and details.


Although not a SCCD sponsored meeting, we help out with commercial manure hauler/broker meetings over the last several years with Robb Meinen, Penn State Senior Extension Associate. The most recent meeting was held in Selinsgrove on January 31, 2020. Click here for details.


 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.

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