Conewago Currents: Farmers Meeting a Huge Success
Posted: May 14, 2012
Doug Beegle of Penn State talks about the challenges of nitrogen management at the Conewago Winter Farmers Meeting.
On February 3, over 50 Conewago watershed farmers and Initiative partners gathered at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Elizabethtown for a winter meeting. Attendees were treated to some excellent presentations on conservation programs and opportunities available to farmers in the Conewago Creek watershed. Topics included manure incorporation, addressing bare spots in pastures, riparian buffers, and practices to improve nitrogen management and efficiency. Click here to view and download all presentations from the meeting.
Conservation Program Opportunities
At the meeting, the many conservation program opportunities available in the Conewago watershed were discussed. Click here for a summary of those programs and a point of contact. These include the NRCS Conservation Program, The Chesepeake Bay Buffer Bonus Program, USDA ARS Subsurfer Field Trials, Equine BMPs, and many more.
The “Subsurfer,” an innovative manure applicator that injects dry poultry manure into no till systems, was parked in the parking lot for viewing. The USDA Agricultural Research Service and Penn State are conducting on farm research involving manure incorporation, and is looking for Conewago farmers willing to use the Subsurfer in field trials this spring. To learn more about the Subsurfer, watch this video.
Farmers check out the “Subsurfer,” an innovative manure incorporator available for trial use in the Conewago this spring.
If you are interested in trying the Subsurfer, contact Mike Hubler, Dauphin County Conservation District, at
email@example.com, (717) 921-8100.
Thanks to all of our meeting sponsors and presenters: Penn State Extension; Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon County Conservation Districts; USDA Natural Re-sources Conservation Service; USDA Agricultural Research Service; American Farmland Trust; and Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
A very special thanks to all of the farmers who attended and made this meeting a huge success!
To read the full article, go to the Conewago Creek Initiative website.