The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG — Farms and other places that handle animal manure, regardless of size, are required to have a manure management plan. Unlike some laws, manure management requirements apply to all farms and any person or business that handles animal manure, not only the large farms.
People who raise or house one horse, one goat, one steer, one pig or any other animal, excluding pets, need a manure management plan. Also, people or business entities who would not consider themselves as farmers must follow these regulations. Manure management plans look into the winter application of manure, pasture management and setbacks from streams, drinking water supplies and sinkholes.
PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requiring conservation districts to reach out to all agricultural and animal operations and anyone who handles manure within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and inform them of their regulatory obligations. Conservation district staff members will be conducting outreach visits with agricultural operations and other persons with animals on the property.
These visits are educational and are not inspections looking for violations. If a conservation district staff person asks to meet with you, please accept him or her. The meetings will take about one hour. The conservation district person will not enter livestock facilities and manure handling areas unless invited by the farmer.
If you have questions, contact the Snyder County Conservation District, located at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, at (570) 837-3000 between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. Website: www.snyderconservation.org