Free Manure Management Manual Train-the-Trainer Workshops

MMMaualRegister now for one of the Manure Management Manual Train-the-Trainer Workshops PACD and PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are hosting in January of 2017.

The workshops are designed to provide attendees with a solid understanding of how to use the Manure Management Manual to write plans and how to train others to use the manual. They will also learn techniques for conducting plan-writing workshops to help farmers prepare their manure management plans. The ultimate goal is to help agricultural operators meet Manure Management Manual compliance.

The workshops are primarily for new conservation district, DEP, and Penn State Cooperative Extension staff members. However, experienced staff who need a refresher, including anyone who has attended this training in the past, are also invited to attend.

The workshops are free and lunch will be provided.

Dates and Locations are:

Huntingdon County, January 17, 2017
Huntingdon County Extension Office
10722 Fairgrounds Road, Suite 6
Huntingdon, PA 16652

For more information and to register for the Huntingdon event, click here.

Lycoming County, January 31, 2017
Lysock View Complex
542 County Farm Road
Montoursville, PA 17754

For more information and to register for the Lycoming event, click here.

DEP left-rgb Financial support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant and the Clean Water Fund.

PACD/SCC Winter Meeting Registration Opens

Register On-Line Now buttonRegistration for the 2017 PACD/SCC Winter Meeting is now open! Participants can look forward to discussion on the next Farm Bill, potential Growing Greener III legislation, an introduction to PACD’s new legal advice program, and more. Stay tuned for meeting highlights in future issues of Front Page. Click here to register and for more information about the meeting, which will take place January 24-25, 2017, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA.


Susquehanna County Conservation District Holds Awards Banquet

Submitted by Jim Garner, Susquehanna County Conservation District

PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Steve Taglang speaks about the Chesapeake Bay Reboot at the Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) awards banquet on November 1, 2016. Photo provided by SCCD.

PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Steve Taglang speaks about the Chesapeake Bay Reboot at the Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) awards banquet on November 1, 2016. Photo provided by SCCD.

The Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) recently held its annual banquet with over 120 people from the community showing up for this special event. SCCD had speakers from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on the Chesapeake Bay Reboot and from the Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies.

During this event, awardees were honored for their contribution to conservation in Susquehanna County. Awards given were: Envirothon Donors, Forest Lake Township and Chief Oil and Gas; Educator of the Year, Mike Talabiska (Mountain View); Dirt and Gravel Road Cooperator, Harford Township; No-Till Cooperator, Jenny Clifford (Carlton Farms); Farmer Cooperator, Claude Bennett; Community Cooperator, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; and Bill Stewart, Choconut Township Supervisor was recognized and remembered. Guests also had the privilege of enjoying an acapella presentation by the Sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Montrose VFW provided everyone with a wonderful venue and delicious meal.

Click here for a video montage of the event.


Volunteers Are Needed for Conservation District Booth at the 2017 PA Farm Show

volunteersneededsignPACD will once again be hosting a conservation district exhibit at the 2017 Farm Show. Volunteers are needed to help at our booth and to tell visitors about the important work conservation districts do to protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources.

The Farm Show will run from Jan. 7 to Jan. 14, 2017 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The district booth will have two 4-hour shifts each day, with one or two volunteers per shift. Volunteers will receive a parking pass for the day of their shift. District volunteers are needed to fill the morning shifts from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm and the afternoon shifts from 12:30 pm to 5 pm on all days.

We will not be scheduling volunteers for the evening (after 5:00 p.m.) However, ideally, someone would be at the exhibit at all times, so if you are interested in spending an evening at the booth, please let us know.

If you have questions or to volunteer, send your name, contact information, and the shifts you are available to Terry Fisher at or call Terry at 717-238-7223.

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