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Conservation district offers farmers help in getting needed plans written

MIDDLEBURG — Any Snyder County farmer, within the Middle Creek Watershed, interested in having necessary plans to follow PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations can sign up at the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD). The Conservation District will connect you with a commercial plan writer to develop a manure management plan (MMP) and/or agricultural erosion & sedimentation (Ag. E&S) plan.

[Only operations within the Middle Creek Watershed who are not concentrated animal operations (CAOs) or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are eligible for this specific program.]

The pressure is on farmers to comply with new agricultural environmental regulations enforced by DEP and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This will also help farmers thinking of seeking financial assistance from various programs through the SCCD to install conservation practices on their operations.

Interested farmers must complete an application with the Conservation District. Additional information is available at the office at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg. Contact Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician at 570-837-3000, extension 5, for more information. Office hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Plan funding statement: The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its funding sources. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources.

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