Conservation Field Day: How to Calibrate Your Manure Spreader

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2014 Calibration Field Day

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, April 8th, you’re invited to join the Allegheny County Conservation District and Tom Mischen, of Mish Farms, as we demonstrate practical, cost-effective methods to calibrate your solid manure spreader. Manure spreader calibration is an essential and valuable tool for maximizing the use of manure nutrients, and it is the only way to know the actual manure application rate.  Combined with soil test recommendations and manure analysis results, manure spreader calibration enables the determination of nutrient application rates that meet crop nutrient needs.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by Friday, April 4, 2014. Please email Jeff Leindecker or give him a call at 412-291-8017 to RSVP.

Click here to view the event listing and information.

We hope to see you out in the field!

ACCD Grants!

2014 RFP Cycle #1

The first round of our 2014 Grant cycle is now open!  Click here to find the application and see the important dates.  Let us know if you have any questions!

2013 RFP Cycle #2 Awards

During the second RFP cycle, we received 17 applications with a total request of $149,665.  We granted six projects for a total of $46,142. Congratulations to all the recipients and thanks to everyone who submitted an application!  Here are the awards:

We’re looking forward to the first round of grant submissions in 2014!

Manure Management Workshop

If you haven’t already registered for ACCD’s upcoming Manure Management Workshop and want to attend, contact Jeff Leindecker immediately at 412-241-7645 or via email at jleindecker@accdpa.org.

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In an effort to protect our water resources from pollution by livestock manure, the Allegheny County Conservation District will conduct a manure management workshop.

The effort is part of a state-wide program with a grant from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts.  All farms that land apply manure or agricultural process wastewater, regardless of size, are encouraged to attend the January 14, 2014 workshop.  With your help, we can make a difference in keeping the Commonwealth’s waters free from pollution brought on by improper livestock manure storage and use.  “We’re looking to the farmers, backyard chicken owners, and hobby equestrians to help in this effort to help keep our waters clean,” says Leindecker.  “The key to this is participation.”

In accordance with section 5(b)(1) and Section 402 of the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, 35 P.S. Sections 691.5(b)(1); Section 1920-A of the Administrative Code of 1929, 71 P.S. Section 510-20, and 25 Pa. Code Section 91.36(b), 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 workshop will be held 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. North Park Parish Hill Walter Rd, McCandless Township, PA 15101.  Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Registration for this event is free but required by January 7, 2014. Call Jeff at (412) 291-8017 to register.

Two Nutrient Management CECs and four Manure Hauler/Broker CECs have been approved for this workshop.

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If you would like more information about this workshop, or to schedule an interview with Jeff Leindecker, please call (412) 291-8017 or email jleindecker@accdpa.org

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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays to you and yours from everyone at the Allegheny County Conservation District!

Office Warming Celebration

Celebrate!

You may have read, seen, or heard that we were moving our offices to the Terminal Building in Pittsburgh’s South Side.  Well, we made it (whew)!  Now it’s time to enjoy our new space, and what better way to do that than celebrating with the people who’ve helped to make it possible… you!  On Wednesday, December the 4th, we’re having an office warming celebration! Here’s what we’re planning for the day:

9:30 – 11:30

  • Coffee and pastries

11:30 – 1:00

  • Light lunch fare

1:00 – 3:00

  • Cookies and refreshments

For your entertainment, we will have displays, demonstrations, pictures, and maps of our work all about the office.  The ambiance will be casual festive (’tis the season), so there’s no need to dress-up (or do if it’s your style).  For those familiar with the area/building, we’re right around the corner from the Green Building Alliance.  The physical address to our new office is:

The Allegheny County Conservation District
River Walk Corporate Centre
33 Terminal Way; Suite 325B
Pittsburgh, PA  15219

If you’re going to (or at least planning to) attend our office warming celebrations, please call Elizabeth Vail at 412-241-7645 and let her know.  We’ll need a fairly decent count of who’s attending prior to placing our food and beverage order.  Also, if you were planning to bring a gift, food, etc., we kindly ask that you bring a non-perishable food item that we can donate to a local food bank.

Come for 15 minutes or come for a few hours, it doesn’t matter to us.  We’d love to show you our new space and what we’re up to.

Take care and we hope to see you soon,

The Allegheny County Conservation District

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