Ag Progress Days are just around the corner! Be sure to check out Penn State's Agriculture and Environment Center while you are there. The AEC is focusing on one best management practice for water quality; riparian buffers. Stop by to learn all you need to know about riparian buffers and what they can do for you and your land.
A news release from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service explains the accomplishments made in the Chesapeake Bay and how they are making a difference in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. "Landowners using financial, technical assistance to improve water quality."
Recent, tragic loss of life in conjunction with an open air manure storage facility brings to the front the critical need for conversations with all agriculturalists about how to prevent future losses. This fact sheet, developed by Penn State Extension specialists who work with farm safety and manure handling, provides a checklist for ensuring the welfare of those who work near and in manure storage areas.
The PAOneStop program is an online tool to help you draw out a professional map of your land. A farm map is an essential part of your Manure Management Plan, farmers. Currently there are over 350 users of the system who have mapped over 1,000 different farms.
Maintenance is an integral part of successfully establishing a riparian buffer and includes mowing, removing weeds and invasive species, straightening and securing tree stakes and tubes, and generally making sure that the trees have the greatest chance for survival. A thriving buffer has enormous payoffs to the landowner and environment.
The Conewago Initiative is a diverse partnership made up of many partners at the federal, state, and local levels, both public and private sectors. One of our private sector partners is Tetra Tech, Inc. 'This work is important because cleaning up the Conewago cannot be borne by our farmers alone; everyone is part of the solution.'
Conewago watershed-based farmers gathered for a mid-winter 2012 meeting to hear updates on conservation programs and opportunities available to them as a part of a "showcase" watershed initiative. Topics included manure incorporation, addressing bare spots in pastures, riparian buffers, and practices to improve nitrogen management and efficiency.
As part of its second quarterly meeting in Washington, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay Commission hosted an in-person briefing for Congressional staff and invited guests on the subject of nutrient trading. Due to space limitations, others were able to join via webinar, courtesy of Penn State University. To view the recorded webinar, click on the link below.
Drs. Tony Buda, USDA ARS, and Patrick Drohan, Penn State Department of Crop and Soil Science, joined by USDA NRCS - Dan Dostie - discuss the research conducted by PA USDA NRCS, USDA-ARS, and Penn State to look at how saturated soils and soils with fragipans have contributed to higher runoff. These wet landscapes are often critical sources of phosphorus that contribute to loads of pollutants in streams—and should be targeted for conservation practices.
This month, the Conservation Professional Training Program is introducing a new initiative to train a national group of conservation professionals to provide the services associated with Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) planning, implementation, and management. CRP is a USDA-NRCS program that promotes permanent cover to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. The new initiative is called the Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative and offers program training for conservation professionals. Penn State Extension and Ag & Environment Center are the Penn State lead in the program and it is funded by the USDA NRCS.