News & Events:

Upcoming Meetings, Conferences, Workshops & Volunteer Opportunities:

In Huntingdon County:

  • Monthly District Board Meeting
    • Date: Thursday, March 1, 8AM Location: 10605 Raystown Road, Huntingdon County Conservation District, Huntingdon, PA
    • Public welcome
  • Ag Erosion & Sedimentation Plan Free Workshop
    • Dates: February 13th & February 22nd  (must attend both sessions) from 5:30-8:30 PM.  Location: Juniata Room, Huntingdon Comfort Inn, 100 S 4th St, Huntingdon, PA 16652
    • Attend these free sessions to complete your E & S plan. To reserve a spot, call Abbe Hamilton, Nutrient Management Technician, at (814) 627-1626 ext 110. Please click here to download the flier and to see more details.
    • Huntingdon County Farmers' Winter Meeting
      • Date:  March 13th, 2018 Time: 9AM-3PM. Location: 3121 Huntingdon Furnace Rd. Tyrone, PA 16686
      • Topics: Forage variety trials, how to use your Manure Management and Ag Erosion and Sedimentation Plans, the benefits of short-season corn, resilience in the face of drought, flood and unseasonable cold, and pesticide safety (for CEC’s). Speakers include Penn State Extension’s Greg Roth and others.
      • Free event, buffet lunch included if you RSVP by March 1st.To RSVP, please contact Karie Kauffman at (814) 62-1626 x 101 or email admin@huntingdonconservation.org. Please click here to download the brochure.
    • Live Staking Workshop
      • Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2018, 1PM-4PM. Location: Old Crow Wetlands, Huntingdon, PA.
      • Attend this free workshop to learn how to use cut woody native plants to restore degraded stream banks on your property. Participants will meet at Old Crow Wetlands to collect the material (tools provided) and then head to a public restoration site to plant the live stakes. Please RSVP to Stacia-Fe Gillen  by emailing  watershed@huntingdonconservation.org or calling (814) 627-1626 ext 109.
    • Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Course
      • Date: April 3 & 4: Location: Centre County:Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center, 1450 S. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
      • This 2 day training is for persons involved in the Dirt & Gravel Road Program. Anyone in charge of workplan development and project implementation must attend an ESM training every 5 years in order to be eligible to apply for Dirt & Gravel or Low-Volume Road funds. To register, please click here. Call (814) 238-3001 to reserve a hotel room and let them know:  Room Block: Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads
    • 13th annual Little Juniata River Cleanup
      • Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:30-1PM Location: meet at the Spruce Creek United Methodist Church parking lot
      • Join the land-based cleanup led by the Little Juniata River Association. Contact Bill Anderson <bjuniata@verizon.net> for more information. All equipment provided; please dress for the weather. Lunch provided.
    • Lake Raystown Cleanup
      • Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2018 8AM-12PM     Location: Tatman Run
      • Volunteers will be provided gloves, bags and will be treated to breakfast and a pulled pork lunch. In an effort to reduce the use of plastic at the cleanup site, volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag, and a reusable water bottle. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen and should be prepared to work outside.
      • **USACE is especially in need of volunteer boats and operators to transport volunteers and bags of trash that will be collected. All interested volunteers should contact Park Ranger Alicia Palmer at (814) 658-6812, or by e-mail at alicia.e.palmer@usace.army.mil to register and receive additional information.

    State wide:

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    • Pesticide Recertification Meetings
      • Dates: Multiple dates in February and March Locations: Multiple throughout the northern tier
      • Topics: Penn State Extension course covers topics required for pesticide applicator CEC’s. See the attached brochure for meetings, dates and locations.
    • Snyder County Winter Farmers Meeting
      • Date: Friday, February 16th, 2018, 9AM-3:15 PM. *Reserve by February 2. Cost: $5 for meeting & meal 
        Location: Selinsgrove, PA
      • Topics: Preventing fly issues caused by manure, proper mortality composting, managing stress and health on the farm, Conservation District and USDA updates, reducing pesticide drift, new pesticide regulations, crop management updates, balancing pest control and beneficial pollinators.
      • For more information or to register, contact the Snyder County Conservation District ...570-837-3000 or sccd@ptd.net. Click here for details.
    • Columbia County Ag Conference
      • Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 8:30a - 3:30p Location: Ponduce Farms, 270 White Church Rd. Elysburg, PA 17824
      • Topics:"10 reasons not to Cover Crop", PPE & Spill Kit Review, Pesticide Look-a-Likes & Label Review (1 Pesticide core credit), “Managing Pests in Field Crops” (1 Pesticide category credit), “Pesticide Mixing & Compatibility Demonstration along with Pesticide Formulations” (1 Pesticide core credit), “Those Pesky Mosquitoes—Who You Gonna Call ?”, “Reducing Drift and New Regulations for Dicamba” (1 Pesticide category credit), "Chesapeake Bay Re-Boot Update”, “Agricultural Planning Reimbursement Program”, Farm Services Agency Update
      • Attendance is rewarded by 2 core and 2 category credits for pesticide certifications. Cost: $10
        Reservations are due by February 14, 2018 to Columbia County Conservation District, 702 Sawmill Road, Suite 204, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or 570-784-1310 x 9456.Click here to download the brochure.
    • Juniata County Winter Farmers' Meeting
      • Dates: March 1, 2018 from 8:45a – noon, free lunch to follow. *Register by Feb 19th.  Location: Port Royal Community Building, 212 Fourth St. Port Royal, PA
      • Topics: Pesticide safety quiz, cover crops and weed control. Presenters include Penn State University, East Juniata FFA, Farm Bureau and Penn State Extension. Click here for flyer.
    • Juniata County Manure Management Plan Workshop
      • Date: March 8, 2018. 9am-noon. Location: Mifflintown, PA
      • Attend to  develop a free manure management plan. Registration required. Contact JCCD at (717)-436-8953 ext 5 by March 5th.  For flyer, click here.
    • Elk County Winter Farmers' Meeting (TWO dates!)
      • Dates: March 7, 2018 from 5:00p - 8:30p Location: Ridgway Courthouse Annex Conference Room 2, 300 Center St. Ridgway, PA
        • March 14, 2018 from 5:00p - 8:30p Location: Elk County Conservation District, 850 Washington St. St. Marys, PA
      • Topics: NRCS funding programs, REAP tax credit program, riparian buffer benefits, rotational grazing, Manure Management compliance requirements. Click here for the flier. To register: RSVP by March 1 to Kelsey kilhoffer, 814-776-5388 or kkilhoffer@countyofelkpa.com
    • Western PA Annual Spring Grazing Conference
      • Dates: March 21-22nd, 2018. Location: Clarion, PA.
      • $85 for two days & evening session, $45 for one day. Registration deadline 3/14/18. Please click here to register (online registration opens 1/1/18) and here to download/view the flyer.
      • Topics: Efficiency of cow calf production: the maternal side,  Advance nutrition in beef cows, health benefits of grass finished beef, charcoal for livestock and soil building, generating cash flow in cow-calf operations, how to find and develop profitable grazing leases and economical water and fencing construction on grazing operations, building healthy soil and profits with planned grazing, winter feed budgets, the economics of marketing grass-fed beef, nutrient recycling in adaptive grazing systems, extending your grazing season, monitoring animal performance with planned grazing.

         

     

    Your District at Work:


    Ag BMPs in Impaired Watersheds – Phase II

    Growing Greener Project #4100070417

    Sponsor: Huntingdon County Conservation District

     

    Project Description:  Warrior’s Mark Run is an impaired stream in Huntingdon County due to grazing related agriculture.  It is also classified as a High Quality Cold Water Fishery.  For this project, two farms were identified where cattle had unrestricted access to Warrior’s Mark Run and where the streambanks were eroding.  This project fit within the larger goal of restoring this stream.

    Goals:  to reduce nutrient and nutrient inputs into Warrior’s Mark Run by eliminating unrestricted cattle access to the stream on two farms and to improve streambanks on one farm by building restoration structures.

    Results:  5423 feet of streambank fence was installed in two pastures, 5 stabilized crossings were installed to provide water access for cattle, and streambank restoration structures were installed (2 log cross vanes, 1 rock cross vane, 286 feet of toe wood, and 978 feet of mudsill).

    Photos:

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    Costs:  $54,635 in Growing Greener funds, with an additional $56,743.96 in documented in-kind from project sponsor and partners.

    Lessons Learned: Large pastures need an increased number of cattle access areas to provide adequate water for the cattle

    Partners: The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Foundation for California University of PA