Purchased with a grant through Chesapeake Bay Special Projects
The Agricultural Technician provides landowners with information on Nutrient Management, Conservation Planning, Best Management Practices & Technical Assistance, as well as Funding Resources to install conservation practices.
Some programs include:
Project Grass The Clearfield County Conservation District is a member of “Project Grass”. Project Grass is a cooperative effort by farmers and conservation districts with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve agricultural productivity in Pennsylvania by promoting rotational grazing. Project Grass Objectives - Enhance PA agriculture through better utilization of grasslands. - Improve the economic position of PA farmers, particularly those working small farms. - Increase the amount of livestock production in the Commonwealth boost energy efficiency and develop improved marketing capabilities for hay and livestock. - Achieve better utilization of land and water resources for improved environmental quality. Rotational grazing can be an environmentally sound method of sustainable agriculture. By taking highly erodable cropland out of production and converting it to a grass-based rotational grazing system, an average of 1.4 tons of soil per acre can be saved annually. Rotational grazing is also a best management practice for nutrient management that saves energy by having the cattle spread the manure. Several Clearfield County farmers have made improvements to their grazing systems with financial and technical assistance through Project Grass and the conservation district. For more information please call our office at 765-2629.
Chesapeake Bay Program
This program aids farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed drainage area with nutrient management planning and best management practice (BMP) design and implementation. The program is designed to give technical and financial assistance to farmers with nutrient and erosion control problems on their farms. The ultimate goal of the bay program is to improve water quality locally and in the Chesapeake Bay.
Nutrient Management Program (Act 38)
The nutrient management act (Act 38) is a state law that passed in 1993. The regulations became effective in October 1997. The nutrient management act is the first law in Pennsylvania that requires regulatory oversight of nutrient plans on certain farms.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) Habitat Stewardship Program
The conservation district has entered into an agreement with CBF and DU to establish a public-private relationship to assist in the restoration of forested riparian buffers and wetlands along streams in Clearfield County. This program provides strong incentives for landowners to fence cattle out of the stream and create wooded stream buffers.