To Snyder County Farmers:

You have been hearing news recently that there is a push to increase the number of farm compliance inspections within the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of Pennsylvania. This push is coming from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

DEP has been urging conservation districts to help out with these inspections. Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has agreed to conduct these inspections while still offering technical assistance to farmers. The main emphasis has been to determine whether farmers have the following:

n A manure management plan (MMP) for those operations that produce, handle, store and/or land apply animal manure. Some farmers are required to have a nutrient management plan (NMP) due to animal numbers or density.

n An agricultural erosion & sedimentation plan (Ag. E&S Plan) for those operations that raise agronomic and horticultural crops, and/or graze their animals.

Before your operation gets inspected, SCCD encourages farm operators and landowners to meet with us to see what you need to be in compliance. If you meet and work with us, in most instances you will end up with plans.

We are available to work with you on plans and answer questions or concerns on most weekdays at the office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can bring your records, maps, etc. here to the office. We can meet you at the farm during normal work hours or other times if needed. While we will not reject walk-ins, setting up an appointment works the best for everyone involved. Our phone number is 570-837-3000.

Barry Spangler,

Agricultural Conservation Technician

Snyder County Conservation District

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