Manure Management plans are required in Pennsylvania for anyone who mechanically applies manure or pastures animals. The Bradford County Conservation District will hold an informal “open door” day on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 7 am to 4 pm, for anyone needing help getting this document in order. Assistance is available to anyone reading this article, regardless of in what county they reside.
The Manure Management Manual is a fairly easy and short document that will not only bring you into compliance, possibly save money on your fertilizer bill, and increase yields. It will help cover you in the event of a complaint. Most information can simply be filled out by the animal’s owner. However, you may benefit from the Conservation District’s help with maps and more detailed information. This “open door” day will allow anyone to walk in at their convenience and get the help they need without spending any more or less time on it than necessary.
Important to note is that these plans belong to you. There is no requirement to submit a copy of this plan to any government agency. They are for your use and are only required to be kept on file at the farm.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been inspecting Bradford County farms in recent weeks. Your manure management plan is one of the first things they will ask to see. You want to be ready if they show up at your farm. DEP is responsible for enforcing PA’s regulations requiring farms to implement manure management and erosion control plans.
You can call or just drop in. We will be glad to help you put the finishing touches on this plan for your farm. Light refreshments will be available. Let us help you with your manure management needs. Contact the Bradford County Conservation District with any questions at 570-265-5539, ext. 101 or Kevin.L.Brown@pa.nacdnet.net. For more information about the Bradford County Conservation District, visit our web page at www.bccdpa.com.