Lawrence County Mini-grant Project Features Cover Crop Interseeder

Interseeding cover crop into corn. Photo provided by Lawrence County Conservation District.

Interseeding cover crop into corn. Photo provided by Lawrence County Conservation District.

The Lawrence County Conservation District, in partnership with Penn State Extension and the McConnell Family, hosted an agricultural field day on October 2. The field day, attended by approximately 80 individuals, focused on the importance of cover crops in reducing soil erosion and improving soil health. The project was funded through PACD’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grant program.

The five sessions that made up the field day included: the Penn State Interseeder (plus a demonstration plot), Summer Cover Crop Options and Benefits (plus a demonstration plot), Soil Health and Funding Options, Demonstration Herbicide Plot, and Farmer to Farmer Advice.epa_logo (2)

The event took about a year of preparation and coordination. Lawrence County was able to set up a test plot with Penn State Agronomy professor Dr. Gregory Roth for this past year, leading to the field day at the McConnell Farm.

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.

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PACD Staff Participates in Penn State Career Panel

Pictured are (left to right): Dennis Zabaglo, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; Abigail Myers, graduate student; Alyssa Maxwell, intern; Lauren Diebel, Dawood Engineering; Shannon Wehinger, PACD; Roger Zyma, STV Group; Dr. Robert Shannon, Penn State; and Naomi Knaub, Penn State. Photo taken by Tammy Bennett and used with permission.

Pictured are (left to right): Dennis Zabaglo, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; Abigail Myers, graduate student; Alyssa Maxwell, intern; Lauren Diebel, Dawood Engineering; Shannon Wehinger, PACD; Roger Zyma, STV Group; Dr. Robert Shannon, Penn State; and Naomi Knaub, Penn State. Photo taken by Tammy Bennett and used with permission.

PACD Director of Communications Shannon Wehinger traveled to Penn State’s University Park campus on December 5 to participate in an alumni career panel discussion for 75 Environmental Resource Management (ERM) students. The panel was part of ERM 151 – Careers and Issues in Environmental Resource Management class. The course is taught by Dr. Robert Shannon, who also serves as Chairman of the Centre County Conservation District.

A 1997 graduate of the ERM program, Shannon spoke to students about career opportunities with conservation districts and provided example job descriptions. Districts who are interested in partnering with Penn State to engage students as interns, volunteers and/or offer job shadowing opportunities should contact Tammy Bennett, ERM Academic Advising Coordinator and Course Instructor, at Tmb5352@psu.edu.

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PACD Staff Gives Back to Community

PACD staff volunteered at New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg on December 10. Staff worked in the warehouse sorting food donations for the food pantry. Pictured are Lisa Suhr, Molly Burns, Sandy Austin, Shannon Wehinger, Terry Fisher and Brandi Hunter-Davenport (front).

PACD staff volunteered at New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg on December 10. Staff worked in the warehouse sorting food donations for the food pantry. Pictured are Lisa Suhr, Molly Burns, Sandy Austin, Shannon Wehinger, Terry Fisher and Brandi Hunter-Davenport (front).

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Columbia Sourcewater Protection Project Featured

Heather Almer, Watershed Specialist with the Columbia County Conservation District, and member of the Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) team for the ‘Columbia-Montour Coalition for Source Water Protection’ stands beside her project’s display at the 2014 WREN Grantee Orientation and Wrap-Up Meeting last June. Photo taken by WREN.

Heather Almer, Watershed Specialist with the Columbia County Conservation District, and member of the Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) team for the ‘Columbia-Montour Coalition for Source Water Protection’ stands beside her project’s display at the 2014 WREN Grantee Orientation and Wrap-Up Meeting last June. Photo taken by WREN.

The Water Resources Education Network (WREN), a project of the League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund, recently featured success stories including a sourcewater protection project by Columbia and Montour Counties. Click here to read the article.

This project was funded through WREN’s grant program. The next round of grants, which fund sourcewater protection and watershed education, will open in January. Click here for a flyer on the 2015 grant round.

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