SUNBURY — All farms generating or using manure must have a manure management plan to be in compliance with state law — and the Northumberland County Conservation District is ready to help.
The conservation district will hold four full-day workshops for anyone who wants to learn about the regulations and get help writing a plan. They will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Fridays: Feb. 22, March 1, March 8 and March 15, and all will be at the NCCD Environmental Education Center, 441 Plum Creek Road.
A farmer or producer does not need to spend the full eight hours on-site, however. An hour or two generally is sufficient, and attendees may choose which time of day works best for them — morning, noon or evening.
Similar half-day workshops, from 8 a.m. to noon, will be held on Monday, March 25 at Rovendale Ag & Barn in Watsontown and Friday, March 29 at the UDSA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Lab in Klingerstown.
The main focus of the full-day workshops will be providing assistance on writing the plans, but some information on agricultural erosion and sedimentation (Ag E&S) requirements will be available.
“Our goal is to send you on your way with a complete plan in hand,” Ryan Cherwinski, agricultural conservation technician, said in a news release.
Attendees will receive a copy of the Manure Management Manual. One-on-one assistance will be available.
Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is free, but must be done at least one week prior to the preferred workshop date.
Contact the Northumberland County Conservation District at 570-495-4665, ext. 304, to register by phone or email email@example.com with your name, address, which workshop you would like to attend, and preferred time of day.
Financial support for the workshops is provided by the state Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant and the Clean Water Fund.