January – April 2017: Environment Compliance Workshops

Joint Initiative to Host Environmental Compliance Workshops
The Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Beef Excellence announce a joint initiative to provide support and resources to both dairy and beef farms in meeting baseline agricultural compliance. The Centers will work in partnership with local conservation districts to support and conduct workshops helping dairy and beef farmers write Agriculture Erosion & Sediment and/or Manure Management Plans. The Centers will also offer financial assistance to dairy or beef farms that need professional assistance in developing plans and meeting baseline compliance. Pre-registration required for all workshops.

Huntingdon County workshops on January 18 and 25, 2017
Comfort Inn (Raystown Room), 100 S 4th St., Huntingdon, PA from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
No charge for workshop, light dinner included.
The Huntingdon Conservation District is hosting a farm mapping and plan writing workshop that can help you complete a map of your farm to be used directly in a written Agricultural Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (2nd day workshop) for your home farm. To register, call Abbe Hamilton, Ag Tech, at 814-627-1626.

Lehigh County workshops on February 4 and 18, 2017
Best Western, 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, PA from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$20 fully refundable registration fee, lunch included.
The workshops provide direct assistance to farmers and livestock owners to begin an Agricultural Erosion & Sedimentation Plan (Feb 4) and potentially complete a Manure Management Plan (Feb 18) that is compliant with state regulations. Additional topics will include environmental stewardship and sustainable farming practices. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFO

Perry County workshops on February 22 and March 1, 2017
Greenwood High School, 405 E Sunbury St., Millerstown, PA from 5 – 9 p.m.
Both workshops free, dinner included.
Receive instructions and direct assistance with mapping, and creation of an Agricultural Erosion & Sedimentation Plan (conservation plan) to be in compliance with agricultural regulations. March workshop builds on February workshop – must attend 2/22 to attend 3/1. To register, contact Sally Tengeres at 717-582-5139 or stengeres@perryco.org. 

Tioga County workshops on February 23 and March 2, 2017 
Tokishi Training Center, 124 Nypum Drive, Wellsboro, PA from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
No charge for workshop, lunch included.
The Tioga Conservation District is hosting farm mapping and plan writing workshops that can help you complete a map of your farm to be used directly in a written Agricultural Erosion & Sediment (Conservation Plan) or a Manure Management Plan for your farm. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFO.  

Bradford County workshop on February 24, 2017
BLaST IU 17, 33 Springbrook Drive, Canton, PA from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
No charge for workshop, lunch included.
The Bradford Conservation District is hosting a farm mapping and plan writing workshop that can help you complete a map of your farm to be used directly in a written Agricultural Erosion & Sediment (Conservation Plan) or a Manure Management Plan for your farm. To register, contact Nate Dewing at 570-265-5539 or nate.dewing@pa.nacdnet.net.

Clinton County workshop on March 8, 2017
Clinton Conservation District and County Extension office, 45 Cooperation Lane, Mill Hall, PA from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
No charge for workshop, lunch included.
The Clinton Conservation District will host a farm mapping and plan writing workshop that can help you complete a map of your home farm to be used directly in a written Agricultural Erosion & Sediment (Conservation Plan) or a Manure Management Plan. To register, call Lisa Blazure, ag tech, at (570) 726-3798 ext. 3803.

Luzerne County workshops MARCH 6 and 27, 2017 (Tentative)
EVENT LOCATIONS COMING SOON from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
These workshops will provide PA One Stop training to producers and to assist with the development of an Agricultural Erosion & Sedimentation Plan.  Two separate groups will be hosted – one for north county farmers and a second from south county farmers. Producers who will need further assistance with completing their plan can make a follow up meeting with Luzerne CD staff. To register, contact Amy Salansky, ag tech, at (570) 938-3022. 

Cambria County workshops on March 22 and 29, 2017
Cambria County Extension, 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg, PA from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
No charge for workshop, snacks and beverages provided.
The Cambria Conservation District is hosting a farm mapping and plan writing workshop that can help you complete a map of your farm to be used directly in a written Agricultural Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (2nd day workshop) for your home farm. To register, contact Genny Christ, ag tech, at (814) 472-2120 ext. 4135.

Washington County workshops on April 1 and 8, 2017
Washington Conservation District office, 2800 N Main St. #105, Washington, PA from 9 a.m. – 12 noon
No fee for workshop, breakfast or lunch provided.
The Washington Conservation District is hosting a farm mapping and plan writing workshop that can help you complete a map of your home farm to be used directly in a written Agricultural Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (2nd day workshop). To register, call Hannah Hoblitzell, ag tech, at (724) 705-7098.

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Support for this joint initiative is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Ag Excellence initiative within the state budget. Grants are available to beef and dairy farmers to provide assistance needed beyond these workshops. Click here.