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Shaner Testifies at Senate Hearing


Jim Shaner testifies at Impact Fee Hearing.

Jim Shaner, prostate Executive Director at Beaver County Conservation District, testified at a “Benefits of the Impact Fee” hearing in Harrisburg on March 3.

The hearing was before the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the

Senate Local Government Committee.

An excerpt from the testimony:

The overall benefit of Act 13 to all the conservation districts is to provide a predictable, recipe stable funding source. Conservation districts have historically received line-item funding through the state budget, via the Department of Agriculture and DEP, to reimburse us for the work we do on behalf of the state. Over time, this funding has decreased and then stagnated. This was a major concern for districts because costs to properly run the districts have risen, there has been no increase for inflation, and conservation districts have been asked to implement more and more complicated permitting programs. In addition, the districts complete all work on the Chapter 102 Program for the Department of Transportation at no charge. The lack of increase in the line-items meant that they were not sufficiently reimbursing the districts for their work performed on behalf of the state, and the funding from Act 13 has helped to close this gap.

Click here to read Jim’s full testimony.


NACD’s 2015 Spring Legislative Event Set for March 18

NACD_Logo_LargerNACD’s spring legislative fly-in is March 18th. Let’s drive in! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with your legislators in Washington DC. Please let PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden know as soon as possible if you are planning to attend.

Click here to view the event flier.


Clinton County Director Testifies on Soil Health in Washington DC

by Lisa Blazure

Photo of Jim Harbach providing testimony to a Congressional Agricultural Sub Committee hearing courtesy of Clinton County Conservation District.

Photo of Jim Harbach providing testimony to a Congressional Agricultural Sub Committee hearing courtesy of Clinton County Conservation District.

Jim Harbach, Clinton County Conservation District Director, testified September 18 at a Congressional Agricultural Sub Committee hearing in Washington DC.  Mr. Harbach was one of four panel members invited to speak about the benefits of promoting soil health in agriculture and rural America. NRCS Chief Jason Weller also testified at the hearing.

In regards to soil health, Chairman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson commented “These are important tools that will enable agriculture to produce the food necessary for an increasing population on less acres, while assisting farmers and ranchers in positive stewardship of the land.”

Mr. Harbach has been a district director since 2008.  He is a co-owner of Schrack Farms Partnership, a 1,000 cow dairy that farms about 2,200 acres in Sugar Valley, Clinton County.  He is a staunch advocate of soil health management and his leadership has convinced the Clinton District to adopt soil health as one of their main agricultural program goals.

Click here for the full proceedings.  To read about Schrack Farms Conservation Showcase click here.


Representative Smith Receives PACD Legislator Leadership Award


On August 7, unhealthy during a local board meeting, the Jefferson Conservation District (JCD) presented Rep. Sam Smith (right in above photo) with the 2014 PACD Legislator Leadership Award. More than one dozen individuals were in attendance as Representative Smith received this honor. The award was presented by Herb Landes (left), shop JCD Chairman. Photo courtesy of JCD.

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