PACD Staff Attend Soil Health Field Day

USDA-NRCS staff Ray Archuleta (top right) explains cover crop mixes to attendees of the PA No-till Alliance Soil Health Field Day on July 28, 2015 at Hershey Farms in Elizabethtown, PA.

USDA-NRCS staff Ray Archuleta (top right) explains cover crop mixes to attendees of the PA No-till Alliance Soil Health Field Day on July 28, 2015 at Hershey Farms in Elizabethtown, PA.

Over 200 people attended the PA No-till Alliance Tenth Anniversary and Soil Health Field Day. The event was held July 28, 2015 at Hershey Farms in Elizabethtown, PA (Lancaster County). PACD Director of Communications & Education Shannon Wehinger was on hand to support our partners and hear from USDA-NRCS Conservation Agronomist Ray Archuleta.

“It was great to see staff from conservation districts and our partners supporting this event. Congratulations to the PA No-till Alliance for putting on a successful hands-on educational event at a beautiful location,” said Wehinger.

The field day consisted of soil demonstrations, cover crop and interseeder plot walks, and opportunities to hear from no-till farmers about their experiences. Click here to learn more about the Alliance.

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Manure Expo Held in Franklin County

Ron Hoover, Penn State Extension, describes the cover cropping and manure strategies used at the Slate Ridge Dairy Farm. Photo taken by Terry Fisher.

Ron Hoover, Penn State Extension, describes the cover cropping and manure strategies used at the Slate Ridge Dairy Farm. Photo taken by Terry Fisher.

On July 14 & 15, 2015, this year’s North American Manure Expo was held in Chambersburg, Franklin County, PA.

Robb Meinen, Penn State Dept. of Animal Science and Jennifer Bratthauar, Franklin County Conservation District, led the local planning efforts.  Working with the local agricultural industry and the Manure Expo national planning committee, they were able to bring together a variety of technologies, expertise and resources to make this a successful show.

PACD’s Program Manager Terry Fisher attended the Dairy and Agitation Tour. Click here to read more about the event.

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Three Pennsylvania Farms Receive Clean Water Farm Award

The Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Award was presented to David & Cathy Reifsneider of Gobbler’s Knob Farm in Felton, PA during the PACD/SCC Awards Luncheon on July 8, 2015. Harry Bickel, Chairman of the York County Conservation District, accepted the award from PACD President Glenn Seidel on behalf of the Refsneider’s.

The Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Award was presented to David & Cathy Reifsneider of Gobbler’s Knob Farm in Felton, PA during the PACD/SCC Awards Luncheon on July 8, 2015. Harry Bickel, Chairman of the York County Conservation District, accepted the award from PACD President Glenn Seidel on behalf of the Refsneider’s.

PACD awarded the operators of three farms with the Clean Water Farm Award during its annual conference on July 8, 2015 in Monroeville, PA. The honor is awarded annually to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmentally conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water quality.

This year’s award recipients are from Lehigh, Potter, and York Counties.

The 2015 Clean Water Farm Award Recipients are:

  • Joel Loch (Lehigh County)
  • Longview Family Farm (Potter County)
  • David & Cathy Reifsneider (York County)

Financial support for this award is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Program and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Education Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.). Click here to read the press release.

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68th Annual Joint Annual Conference Celebrates Pennsylvania’s South West Region

(Left photo) Senator Judith Schwank (Berks) receives the PACD Legislator Leadership Award from PACD President Glenn R. Seidel. (Right photo) Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. (Beaver) also received the PACD Legislator Leadership Award. He is pictured with Mike Price (left), District Chairman, and Jim Shaner, Manager, of the Beaver County Conservation District.

(Left photo) Senator Judith Schwank (Berks) receives the PACD Legislator Leadership Award from PACD President Glenn R. Seidel. (Right photo) Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. (Beaver) also received the PACD Legislator Leadership Award. He is pictured with Mike Price (left), District Chairman, and Jim Shaner, Manager, of the Beaver County Conservation District.

Conservation district staff, state officials and legislative partners convened in Monroeville to honor conservationists during the PA Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) and State Conservation Commission’s 68th Joint Annual Conference. The awards luncheon took place July 8 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Monroeville, PA.

Over 50 attendees of the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference attended the Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park on July 8. The Pirates beat the Padres 5-2. Photo provided by Chris Thompson.

Over 50 attendees of the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference attended the Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park on July 8. The Pirates beat the Padres 5-2. Photo provided by Chris Thompson.

The 2015 PACD honorees are as follows:

Legislator Leadership Award

  • Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. (Beaver County)
  • Senator Judith Schwank (Berks County)

President’s Award

  • PACD President Jack Tressler selected the PACD Harrisburg Staff to receive this year’s award. The staff include: Sandy Austin, Molly Burns, Terry Fisher, Lisa Jo Suhr, and Shannon Wehinger.

Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director Excellence Award

  • Harold (Hank) Webster (Clearfield County)

Conservation District Employee Excellence Award

  • Tammie Robinson (Indiana County)

Auxiliary Scholarship

  • Nicholas Hepfl (Clarion County)
  • Leah Wenhold (Lehigh County)

Conservation District Employee Service Recognition Program Awards

35 Years of Service

  • Mike Lovegreen, District Operations Specialist, Bradford

30 Years of Service

  • Robert Sweitzer, Manager, Centre
  • Robert Muller, Manager, Wayne
  • Anthony Quadro, Assistant Manager/Technical Programs
    Director/Forester, Westmoreland
  • Mark Kimmel, Manager, York

Thank you to our conference sponsors: Envirocert International, Inc., Resource Environmental Solutions, Conservation Services Inc., and Washington County Conservation District.  Click here to read the press release.

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