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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 17, 2017, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church north of Selinsgrove, PA. Speakers from various groups spoke to the group, which numbered approximately 90. Topics discussed were as follows:

  • Updates on Chesapeake Bay farm inspections
  • Advantages of crop insurance
  • USDA and Conservation District updates, services and programs
  • Manure handling safety
  • Ag BMPs (best management practices) installed in Snyder County
  • Pest control: GMOs and new herbicide products
  • Pest resistance & how to grow high yielding soybeans.

More information about the 2017 meeting can be found here. You may also contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician (570-837-3000, x118).

 Women in Agriculture

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD), AgChoice Farm Credit and USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) hosted a Farm Girls Rock on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at the Shade Mountain Winery, 16140 PA Route 104, Middleburg.

 Fifty-three (53) people attended the seminar.  Some of the guest speakers include:

  • Linda Hackenberg, Hackenberg Apiaries, Lewisburg
  • Brenda Bowersox and Tammy, Graceful Catering & Grace’s Women’s Shelter, Middleburg
  • Abigail Doak, 2017 Beaver Community Fair Queen
  • Shelly Smith representing CMSU (Columbia, Montour, Snyder & Union) Service System

Everyone left the event with their heads filled with new knowledge, fantastic favors and a smile on their face. For more additional information and photos about this event, please click here.

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

 Farmers Field Days & Tours

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.

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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.)

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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.

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Contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, (570-837-3000, x118) for details about these events.

 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 17, 2017, our annual awards banquet was held at Christ Community United Methodist Church near Selinsgrove. Several people and municipal leaders were honored. An retired employee of the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources gave a presentation about the history of PA forest fires. (Click here for more details and photos.)

Although not a SCCD sponsored meeting, we helped out with manure hauler/broker meetings the last several years with Robb Meinen, Penn State Senior Extension Associate. The most recent meeting was held on March 1, 2017, in Selinsgrove.

 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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