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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 Robert-maiden@pacd.org know as soon as possible if you are planning to attend.

Click here to view the event flier.

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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.

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Representative Smith Receives PACD Legislator Leadership Award

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On August 7, 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), JCD Chairman. Photo courtesy of JCD.

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Dirt and Gravel Roads Tour Highlights Success Stories and Continued Work in Susquehanna County

Staff from Senator Yaw's Office, PACD and conservation district offices participate in Susquehanna County Dirt and Gravel Roads tour on May 8. Photo taken by Brandi Hunter-Davenport. (Left to Right) Robert Fearnley, Susquehanna Co. Conservation District; Jean Castrogiavnni, Susquehanna Co. Conservation District; Cathy Yeakel, Bradford Co. Conservation District; Senator Gene Yaw; Frank Pinkowski, Forest Lake Twp; Jim Garner, Susquehanna Co. Conservation District; Morgan Madden, Senator Yaw's Office; Robert Maiden, PACD; Adam Pancake, Senator Yaw's Office

Staff from Senator Yaw’s Office, PACD and conservation district offices participate in Susquehanna County Dirt and Gravel Roads tour on May 8. Photo taken by Brandi Hunter-Davenport. 
(Left to Right) Robert Fearnley, Susquehanna Co. Conservation District; Jean Castrogiavnni, Susquehanna Co. Conservation District; Cathy Yeakel, Bradford Co. Conservation District; Senator Gene Yaw; Frank Pinkowski, Forest Lake Twp; Jim Garner, Susquehanna Co. Conservation District; Morgan Madden, Senator Yaw’s Office; Robert Maiden, PACD; Adam Pancake, Senator Yaw’s Office

Water quality and environmental impacts were topics of discussion during the May 8 dirt and gravel roads tour in Susquehanna County. Senator Eugene Yaw (Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union Counties) participated in the half-day tour with staff from the Susquehanna County Conservation District and PACD, along with township representatives, to visit several dirt and gravel road sites in the county.

The tour was designed to give participants an opportunity to view dirt and gravel roads which have previously been addressed as well as learn about those sites which may currently have negative impacts on nearby stream health and could see some real benefits with the infusion of dollars as a result of the enacted comprehensive transportation funding package.

Click here to read a news article on the event.

For more information about the Susquehanna County Conservation District, visit www.suscondistrict.org. For more information about the state’s Dirt and Gravel Road Program, visit www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu.

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