Environmental Planning Workshops

The Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Beef Excellence are supporting both dairy and beef farms that need professional assistance in developing plans to meet baseline agricultural compliance by offering planning workshops.

The Centers are working in partnership with local conservation districts, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Penn State Extension to support and conduct workshops helping dairy and beef farmers write Agriculture Erosion & Sediment Control Plans. Featured speakers Bob Neiderer and Rick Day, from Penn State Cooperative Extension’s PAOneStop program, will provide direct assistance to attendees on mapping their farms and writing the environmental compliance plan.

The schedule is as follows:

Berks County: Thursday, April 5 and Thursday, April 19. Both will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd Leesport, Pa. Contact Josh Hanna at joshua.hanna@berkscd.com  or 610-372-4657. 

Blair County: Wednesday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 11. Both will be held 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park Banquet Hall, 201 South Walnut Street, Martinsburg, Pa. Contact Richard Huether at rhuether@blairconservationdistrict.org or at (814) 696-0877 ext. 5.

Chester County: March 13 and March 21. Both will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lower Oxford Twp building. Contact Dan Miloser at dmiloser@chesco.org or at 610-925-4920 ext. 115.

Huntingdon County: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 and Thursday, February 22, 2018. Both will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Juniata Room of Huntingdon Comfort Inn, at 100 S 4th St., Huntingdon, Pa. Contact Abbe Hamilton at agriculture@huntingdonconservation.org at 814-627-1626 ext. 110.

Lehigh County: Wednesday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 2. Both will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lehigh County Conservation District, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, Pa. Contact Damian Painter at dpainter@lehighconservation.org  or 610-391-9583.

Lycoming County: Saturday, April 7, 2018 and Saturday, April 14, 2018. Both will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lycoming Ag Center, 542 County Farm Rd # 202, Mon-toursville, Pa. Contact Tim Heyler at THeyler@lyco.org or at 570-329-1621.

Perry County: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 and Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Both will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Greenwood High School, 405 E. Sunbury St., Millerstown, Pa. Contact Kristie Smith at ksmith@perryco.org or  717-582-5138.

Somerset County: Thursday, March 1, 2018 and Thursday, March 8, 2018. Both will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the AG Service Center, 6024 Glades Pike # 103, Somerset, Pa. Contact Donald Williams at don-scd@wpia.net or 814-445-4652 ext. 5.

Tioga County:Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Both will be held  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tokishi Training Center, 124 Nypum Drive, Wellsboro, Pa. Contact Andrea Boyce at aboyce@tiogacountypa.us or 570-724-1801.

Westmoreland County: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Both will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at J. Roy Houston Conservation Center, 218 Donohoe Road Greensburg, Pa. Contact Daniel E. Griffith at dan@wcdpa.com or at 724- 837-5271 ext. 103.

Please check back for more locations, dates and times. 

For locations with two workshop dates, participants should plan to attend both days as the second day will build on content covered in the first day.

Support for this joint initiative is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Ag Excellence initiative within the state budget. It complements a growing emphasis on helping Pennsylvania’s agricultural producers to contribute to water quality improvement goals, particularly within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, by offering assistance for beef and dairy farmers to attain a base level of compliance with state conservation and clean water requirements.

By 2025, Pennsylvania agriculture is responsible for reducing nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment runoff to meet the annual allowed discharges entering the Chesapeake Bay, a number set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the federal Clean Water Act in 2010. Pennsylvania plays a significant role in Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

For more information about the environmental planning workshops, farmers can contact:

  • Ombudsman Beth Futrick at (814) 696-0877 ext. 113 or via email at bfutrick@blairconservationdistrict.org.
  • Agricultural Ombudsman Shelly Dehoff at 717-880-0848 or via email at shellydehoff@lancasterconservation.org.