Announcing District's Annual Tree Sale!
Our highly popular annual tree sale is back another year. Order deadline is Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Pick up dates for the orders are April 23 and 24. Orders must be picked up on these dates. Payment must accompany order. Please click on the links below for more information and order forms.
TREE SALE OVERVIEW
2014 VARIETIES AND DESCRIPTIONS
2014 TREE SALE ORDER FORM
Welcoming Our New Employee
Mifflin County Conservation District is proud to welcome our newest employee, Trevor Weaver. Mr. Weaver will be serving as the District's Outreach and Technical Assistant. He will be working with farmers throughout the Juniata River Basin to help them gain a better understanding of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and assist them with the adoption of these practices on their farms. His focus will be on developing plans for streambank fencing that will benefit the landowner, while providing important water quality benefits to the Juniata River Basin.
Cooperation and Volunteering
Fish Habitat Rehabilitation - Water Jack
Members of Penns Creek Trout Unlimited, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Mifflin County Conservation District, and a private landowner and family worked cooperatively on this successful stream and fish habitat rehabilitation project.
Riparian Forest Buffer Video
The Missouri and Mississippi Divide Resource Conservation & Development cover how riparian buffers cut nitrates and phosphorus from both overland flow and underground water in this three-minute, 50-second video.
Farmers in Three Watersheds Eligible for Funding
The National Resources Conservation Service has announced funding for a new water quality initiative in three Pennsylvania watersheds. NRCS is making nearly $700,000 available to farmers and forest landowners in the Upper Kishacoquillas Creek in Mifflin County, the Upper Maiden Creek in Berks and Lehigh counties, and Sacony (also spelled as "Saucony") Creek in Berks County. The watersheds were identified because conservation practices could have significant improvements on water quality, NRCS said. Funding will pay for conservation practices including cover crops, grass waterways, waste storage facilities and streambank fencing. "American farmers are good stewards of the environment, especially when they have the tools they need to protect or improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality," said NRCS Chief Dave White. Applications for financial assistance will be accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Contact your local NRCS or Conservation District office to see if you are located in one of the watersheds.
**FREE** Assistance in Completing MANDATORY Manure Management Plans
For those who were unable to attend the Manure Management Manual Workshops in March 2013...
The District is offering to meet with individuals or small groups to provide FREE guidance in completing these MANDATORY manure management plans. Please email or call us (717-248-4695) with any questions or to arrange a time to meet with one of our manure managment plan experts.
** PA DEP revisions to the Manure Managment Plan and the new Manure Management Plan Workbook are now available at: PA DEP Manure Management
PaOneStop: Online System for Farm Mapping and Nutrient Management and E&S Planning
Penn State Cooperative Extension has started an online software tool called PaOneStop that allows farmers to map their operations and assist with compliance on nutrient management and nutrient balance sheet regulations. PaOneStop can assist agricultural producers with field mapping, nutrient management and Erosion and Sedimentation Planning. The site displays recent satellite photos to view recent practices that are being implemented on the farm.The PaOneStop program is free of charge and does not require users to add new software. After registering, users can map their operations and produce hardcopy maps necessary for regulatory compliance. The system has aerial maps, NRCS soil maps and tools to help determine setbacks and boundaries.
Online, go to www.paonestop.org
PA Climate and Weather Data by County
Thanks to someone from a cooperating agency, the MCCD would like to make the public aware of an interesting website that provides climate and weather data at the county level. Not only can weather related data be found for PA, but also for other regions of the United States. Please visit the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Weather Center for more information, or to view information about PA counties, click on the following link: http://wwwagwx.ca.uky.edu/panowwx.2.html
Penn State researchers have developed a website http://stinkbug-info.org/ that's expected to help explain the behavior and biology of the brown marmorated stink bug. Homeowners, growers, and nursery operators are invited to participate in this "citizen science" funded by the state Agriculture Department. People can add details about the stink bug population around them, what plants the pests are eating, and estimate how much damage the bugs are doing. It is hoped that this tool can provide a snapshot of where people see the bug and when. Then we can interpret that to help predict which crops are at risk and when. Although it has been about 20 years since brown marmorated stink bugs were first reported in the state, last summer was really the first time they became a widespread danger to crops. Populations are expected to increase again this year.
2013 Board Meetings
The Mifflin County Conservation District Board of Directors has regularly scheduled meetings. The meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held in the Mifflin County Conservation District Office and the schedule for 2013 is as follows:
January 15th at 10:00am; February 19th at 10:00am; March 19th at 10:00am; April 16th at 7:30pm; May 21st at 7:30pm; June 18th at 7:30pm; July 16th at 7:30pm; August 20th at 7:30pm; September 17th at 7:30pm; October 15th at 7:30pm; November 19th at 10:00am