Conservation District Announces Cover Crop Incentive Program
HONESDALE (Aug. 31, 2017) — The Wayne Conservation District announces an incentive program to promote the planting of cover crops on fields that would normally be bare after harvesting.
Nutrient Management Special Zach Jones says, “Cover crops provide many soil health benefits, are excellent soil builders, and nutrient scavengers.”
Producers will be reimbursed for 75% of actual seed costs that are applied at the PSU recommended agronomic rate on their land located in Wayne County. Seed applied above or below the agronomic rate is not reimbursable. Contact Jones with questions about recommended application rates.
Only fields producing an annual crop (one that leaves the soil open) will qualify for the cover crop seed reimbursement such as corn, soybean or a commercial vegetable garden. This funding is available to active farmers only.
The goal is to promote the Best Management Practice of cover crops, to reduce erosion and to scavenge nutrients. The seed must be planted with a No-Till Seeder. Farmers may use their own No-Till Seeder or the District has a seeder available for rent. Cover crops must be planted within a timeframe where final inspection of growth for program payment can be made by the District on or before Nov. 15.
Seed purchased before July 1, 2017 will not be reimbursed.
You must be pre-registered in order to participate. Call Zach Jones at the Wayne Conservation District Office, 570-253-0930 to schedule an on-site registration and field eligibility visit.
Wayne Conservation District
The District provides a myriad of services and programs. Get the details from the Wayne Conservation District Service Brochure
If you have any questions please contact our office:
Jamie Knecht – District Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sylvia Thompson – Fiscal Coordinator (email@example.com)
David Mitchell – Resource Conservationist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mikyla Pigeon – Resource Conservationist (email@example.com)
Kelley Stewart – Forest Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Zachary Jones – Nutrient Management Specialist (email@example.com)
Colleen Campion – Watershed Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Erosion & Sediment Control
Sediment pollution is the number one pollutant, by volume, nationwide. Small soil particles carry nutrients, pesticides and other material to streams and watercourses. Without proper erosion control checking this pollutant our streams, rivers and lakes will be degraded. The Wayne Conservation District has delegated authority from the state to oversee the erosion control program in Wayne County. Basically any site that has earthmoving occurring on it requires the development of an Erosion Control Plan. Some of the District activities in this program are:
- Aid in the development of Erosion & Sediment Control Plans.
• Review of Erosion & Sediment Control Plans.
• Handling complaints involving erosion and sediment pollution.
• Inspection of earth disturbances.
• Aid in permit processing.
• Conservation Planning
• Assistance on plan & design of erosion control facilities.
• Information on storm water management.
• National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits for construction sites.
• Wetland information Links to related information.
The links found below are related to the Erosion Control and Stormwater programs
Every farm in Pennsylvania that land applies manure or agricultural process wastewater (generated on the farm or received from an importer), regardless of size, is required to have and implement a written Manure Management Plan. This includes manure and agricultural process wastewater application by various types of equipment and/or direct application of manure by animals on pastures and in Animal Concentration Areas (ACAs). In other words, farms that do not mechanically apply manure but which do have pastures or ACAs still need a manure management plan.
The links below are to information regarding Manure Management Planning.
If you have any questions or need assistance with a Manure Management Plan, please feel free to contact the Wayne Conservation District at 648 Park Street, Honesdale PA 18431, Telephone 570-253-0930.
Links to Information
A nutrient management plan should be implemented for any farm in operation. Nutrient management seeks to balance nutrient application and crop removal of nutrients, while attempting to prevent excess nutrient runoff from entering groundwater and waterways. Voluntary nutrient management plans can help all farmers manage nutrients, improve farm profits, protect the environment, and provide some protection from liability.
The District is dedicated to helping farmers and landowners in preserving our natural resources for future generations in Wayne County. Below is a list of some of our Ag activities:
- Information and education outreach
• Nutrient Management Plan development and review
• Complaint response and investigation
• Best management practices planning and implementation
• Compliance assistance
Nutrient Management Act 38-
The Wayne Conservation District has a Level II delegated agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection to participate in the Nutrient Management Program (Act 38).
The PA Nutrient Management Act Requires all concentrated animal operations (CAOs) or animal operations that have 2,000 pounds or 2.0 AEUs(AEU-1000 pounds of animal on a typical production day) per acre available for manure to develop and submit a nutrient management plan to the conservation district for review and approval. Available acreage includes all rented and owned crop, hay and pasture land. While farms classified as CAOs are required to have and implement nutrient management plans, all other farms are encouraged to voluntarily participate in the program.
Nutrient Management Website Links
Forest land is a valuable natural asset. The land has the potential to provide periodic income, recreational enjoyment, aesthetics and improved habitat for wildlife. The Wayne Conservation District can help you reach your short & long term goals on your forest land. Some of the information provided to Wayne County residents include:
- Maintaining Forest Health
• Tree Planting
• Timber Stand Improvement
• Forest Insect and Disease Identification & Control.
• Current list of Loggers, Sawmills and Consultants for the area Christmas Tree Management.
• Erosion & Sediment Control in woodlands.
• Timber Harvesting Considerations.
• Forest & Wildlife Management.
• American Tree Farm System
• Seedling Sale.
Drinking Water Well Information
If you have questions about the drinking water well on your property check the links below for more information.
The following are links to pond resources, construction, planning and maintenance
Pond Maintenance Dredging Requirements???
Introduction to Ponds (DEP)
Pond Management (Ohio State University)
Pond Fact Sheets (Ohio State University)
Water Related Permits
Permits are required, in most cases, when altering the State’s water resources. If you are installing a culvert, building a dock or bridge, or working in a stream most likely a permit is required. The type or level of permit is dependent upon the size and scope of the activity you propose.
The Department of Environmental Resources adopted a new fee schedule for all permits related to water and the Chapter 105 program. This includes General Permits which were previously free. Please click on the Fee Calculation schedule below.
Contact our office if you are considering an activity involving water.
The District acknowledges General Permits associated with the Chapter 105 Program as delegated by DEP.
• Any of the General Permit (GP’s) notification forms should be sent to Wayne Conservation District. The exceptions are GP10, GP11, and GP15 notification forms that should be sent to DEP Northeast Regional Office.
The following links contain the complete permit information including all necessary forms for registration of your project. They are in Word format or PDF format for your use.
Full permit packages(pdf format)
- GP-1, Fish Habitat Enhancement Structures
- GP-2, Small Docks and Boat Launching Ramps
- GP-3, Bank Rehabilitation, Bank Protection, and Gravel Bar Removal
- GP-4, Intake and Outfall Structures
- GP-5, Utility Line Stream Crossings
- GP-6, Agricultural Crossings and Ramps
- GP-7, Minor Road Crossings
- GP-8, Temporary Road Crossings
- GP-9, Agricultural Activities
- GP-10, Abandoned Mine Reclamation
- GP-11, Maintenance, Testing, Repair, Rehabilitation, or Replacement of Water Obstructions and Encroachments
- GP-15, Private Residential Construction in Wetland
- Joint Encroachment Permit.E.
PNDI Project Planning Environmental Review for permit applications: Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
The DEP’s CHAPTER 93 WATER QUALITY STANDARDS (in Wayne County — drainage lists A, B, C, I, AND J).
Conservation District Directors
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