On October 29, 250 farmers and conservationists from Lancaster, Berks, Chester, Dauphin and York Counties gathered at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, PA. Attendees enjoyed plenty of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking while learning about soil health from soil expert Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist with USDA NRCS. In the afternoon, Dr. Bernard W. Sweeney, President/Director/Senior Research Scientist with the Stroud Water Research Center showed participants how streams flowing through their land are an important asset to the farm and the community.
Several partners collaborated to make the event a success including: USDA NRCS, Stroud Water Research Center, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, PACD, Lancaster County Conservation District and Eastern Lancaster County Source Water Collaborative.
Click here to see photos from the event.
Article submitted by Jeff Leindecker, Allegheny County Conservation District
Allegheny County Conservation District hosted the 2014 Southwest Project Grass (SWPG) Grazing Bus Tour on Sept. 10, 2014. More than 70 farmers and agency personnel participated in the day-long event showcasing four of the best managed grazing operations in the tri-county area. ACCD Agricultural Technician Jeff Leindecker, who coordinated the bus tour, said, “Farmers with an interest in raising grass-fed livestock came to the right place to learn how, why, and the impact on your bottom line. How these farmers manage their livestock operations not only saves them money, it protects the environment by reducing sedimentation and nutrient loading into local streams.”
Livestock in the different grazing operations include dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, and poultry. Highlights of the systems include an overwintering barn, watering systems, different types of fencing, and strategies for drought conditions. All four farms practice rotational grazing by implementing a 528 Grazing Plan written by the Natural Resources Conservation Services.
Financial and other support for this project was provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information about PACD, please visit www.pacd.org.
With the on-set of fall and (before we know it) the holiday season, we begin thinking of what all the next few months will bring. For Pennsylvania, one of those coming attractions is the 2015 Farm Show Extravaganza.
PACD will once again have a booth on site for the week-long event. We are currently in need of staff volunteers and district materials to include as a part of the display area. Each day will be broken into two shifts:
- 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
We are requesting up to two volunteers per shift each day (for a total of four volunteers daily). All volunteers will receive a parking pass on the date of their shift. Please contact Brandi at email@example.com with your availability. In order for us to have a successful showing at the Farm Show, we need the support of district volunteers.
We also need to materials for inclusion at the booth. Our supply is running low on district brochures as we take them to several events throughout the year. Please send materials to the attention of Brandi Hunter-Davenport at PACD, 25 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Materials should be received no later than December 6.
The 2015 Farm Show is scheduled for Jan. 10-17, 2015 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. For more information about the 2015 event, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
The Westmoreland Conservation District hosted a Headwaters of Turtle Creek Bus Tour on September 26. Participants saw a variety of conservation best management practices and learned about future plans to restore the health of Turtle Creek. Click here to see more photos from the event.
Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc., through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection under section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.