Agriculture Program, Greene County Conservation District, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

Agricultural Programs, Greene County Conservation District
As part of the Greene County Conservation District, our Agricultural Programs plays a very important part to the district and into our farmland communities. We offer various programs to assist the farmers and others interested in agricultural throughout Greene County. The Conservation District is dedicated to assisting the citizens and communities within Greene County to promote wise usage of these natural resources and ensure their availability for future generations.

Conservation District Office

Ben Franklin Building

Suite 204
22 West High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
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Agricultural Programs
Contact Person:   Karlie Wright, Agricultural Technician

22 West High Street, Suite 204
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.— 4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

Our Agricultural Programs are a very important part of the Greene County Conservation District and our farmland communities. We offer various programs to assist farmers, landowners, and others interested in agricultural programs throughout Greene County. Descriptions of the programs that we offer are listed below.

Cost-share Enhancement (GRACE) Program:

WAYNESBURG, PA (August 2017) — The Greene County Conservation District Board of Directors are now accepting applications for a new program that they are directly funding. Greene County’s Reinvestment in Agriculture: Cost-share Enhancement (GRACE) Program is a conservation based program designed to enhance soil health within the agriculture community.

Active farmers, farmers that rent or new farmers with animals may apply for livestock conservation fencing, lime, water development projects and fertilizer. Applications must be submitted by August 31 to be considered for funding.

The GRACE program provides guidance to new and existing farmers through technical assistance and cost share to help promote soil and water conservation practices that will improve pastures and soil health that lead to better animal production. When practices are implemented correctly value and profit will be added to the land.

"It is the goal of the district to offer a program that is easy to navigate and has a quick turnaround," Lisa Snider, district manager said. "Yes, there are a few hoops to jump through, but those hoops are beneficial in the long run to the operator."

Requirements such as becoming a cooperator with the District; registering with Farm Service Agency and completing conservation plans and manure management plans after an application only lead to further funding and a sound farming blueprint. Applicants for lime or fertilizer projects will also need to obtain a soil test kit from Penn State Extension that the Conservation District staff will administer during a farm visit.

Funds for the program are a direct result of PA Act 13 that the district receives annually to foster conservation efforts within Greene County. Snider emphasized, "these funds are obtained through an 'impact' fee and the district believes that the money received should be used on the ground where the impacts were made."

Click HERE for program phamphlet. Click HERE for Application Eligibility Fillable Online Form. For more information or to apply, call the District at 724-852-5278, e-mail gccd, or visit during office hours at 22 West High Street, Waynesburg. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Great Plains 7' End Wheel No-Till Drill Rental Program:

The Great Plains no-Till Drill is a 7-foot end wheel drill. A minimum of a 55hp tractor is required. The drill does not have a fertilizer box, and therefore, NO Fertilizer should be used in the box. The drill has 2 standard seed boxes and a native grass seed box. The User/Operator must be a Pennsylvania licensed driver and submit proof along with auto insurance documents. Each operator is responsible for pick-up and return of the drill to Frosty Springs Farm on Garards Fort Road, Greene County, PA. You will need your own hitch pin. NO INTERSTATE HAULING.

Click HERE for rental agreement — OR — click HERE for (fillable form) Drill Rental Agreement. For more information, call the District at 724-852-5278, e-mail gccd, or visit during office hours at 22 West High Street, Waynesburg. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Click on image to enlarge photo of no-till drill).

Manure Management Program:

What is a Manure Management Plan and who needs one?

The Manure Management Program is regulated by PA DEP and requires Pennsylvania landowners that apply manure or agricultural wastewater, no matter the size, to have and implement a written manure management plan (MMP). This includes manure that is applied mechanically or manure that is directly applied by animals on pastures and in Animal Concentration Areas (ACAs). So, farms that do not mechanically apply manure, but have pastures, do still need a MMP.

Who can write a plan?
A manure management plan can be developed by famers themselves, but Conservation District Staff members are here to help if needed and requested. PA DEP has developed a MMP Workbook for a farmers use. This workbook contains instructions and forms to complete the plan. Once the plan is completed, the Workbook needs to be implemented and remain on the farm. Other good resources that the farmer can choose to work with include: nutrient management specialists, certified manure brokers and haulers, NRCS staff, or Penn State University Staff.

What is the plan?
The MMP is broken into 7 sections. The first 4 sections are required by everyone, but the last 3 sections are only required by those who apply.
  1. General Information
  2. Mechanical Manure Application Rate and Timing
  3. Farm Map
  4. Recordkeeping
  5. Managing Manure Storage in Structures and Stockpiling/Stacking Areas
  6. Pasture Management
  7. Animal Concentration Areas (ACAs)– ACAs are exercise areas, barnyards, feedlots, or other similar areas.
*You can hand draw a Farm Map or create one digitally here at PA One Stop. (You will need to create a free account and the program works best with Mozilla Firefox.)

Where can I get a plan?
The Manure Management Plan is located online HERE as a PDF or HERE for other information and a Microsoft Word Document. Also, a hardcopy of the manual can be picked up at the Conservation District Office.

Please follow this link for the Frequently Asked Questions Webpage.

NOTE: the Greene County Conservation District will be hosting Manure Management Workshops (2017), click HERE for dates, times & locations (2/13/2017 Press Release)

Act 38 Nutrient Management Program:

What is the Nutrient Management Program?
Commonly known as “Act 38”, Pennsylvania’s nutrient management law was signed in 2005 as part of the Agriculture, Communities, and Rural Environment (ACRE) policy initiative. PA’s first nutrient management law, Act 6, was passed in 1993 and Act 38 is a replacement. The Act 38 law of 2005 is located HERE. The regulations of this law went into effect in October 2006. To review the regulations click HERE.

The goal of proper nutrient management is to maximize crop yields without over-applying nutrients. This reduces unnecessary fertilizer costs and protects sources and ground water from nutrient pollution. A nutrient management plan helps to establish best management practices for agricultural operations. Among the topics included in a plan are crop rotation and tillage, and manure testing, storage, and spreading procedures. A nutrient management plan will outline the actions that a farmer will follow to comply with the Nutrient Management Act. Such regulations include identifying balanced application rates for manure and other nutrients based on soil tests and crop removal rates, establishing minimum standards for manure storage, and record keeping requirements.

Who is Regulated?
Concentrated Animal Operations (CAOs) are regulated under this act. CAOs are defined as operations where the animal density is greater than 2,000lbs live animal weight per acre of land suitable for manure application. The State Conservation Commission (SCC) is the primary authority to develop and implement regulations.

The Nutrient Management Act regulates land application of manure in order to control non-point source pollution as well as setting standards for defining Concentrated Animal Operations (high animal density operations), as well as regulates the import / export and haulers of manure. Nutrient Management Plans are one requirement of the Nutrient Management Act.

Who can write a Nutrient Management Plan?
A Nutrient Management Plan can be developed by a certified nutrient management planner. Individuals can become certified to write their own plans as well. To find a certified nutrient management planner, please follow these steps:
  1. Go to PA Plants
  2. Place cursor over "Nutrient Management", and select Service Area Search
  3. Under "Program Type", select Nutrient Management Specialist (leave the other boxes blank)
  4. Under "Specialist Service Area", select the checkbox for Greene.
  5. Click the Search button and view the specialists for Greene County.
What is the Conservation Districts Role in the Nutrient Management Program?
The Greene County Conservation District (GCCD) provides technical assistance and program administration for Act 38 Nutrient Management Law. When a commercial nutrient management planner develops a nutrient management plan in Greene County, the plan is submitted to the District for review and approval by the District’s Board of Directors. The District also helps educate the local agricultural community on the benefits of nutrient management and works to resolve manure-related complaints.

Agricultural Conservation Technical (ACT) Services:
Soil and water are some of our most valuable resources. Water is essential to all life on earth and keeping that water clean is one of our goals. Healthy soils and sustainable agricultural practices are also crucial for protecting the soil. The GCCD is here to aid farmers in implementing sustainable agricultural practices on their farms by offering trainings, conferences, contacts, grant resources, and expertise.

The District works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field team for Greene and Fayette counties. We work cooperatively with NRCS to design conservation and grazing plans for resource management systems that work for you and your farm. The District’s role in conservation planning is to conduct a site assessment to discuss the landowner’s goals, assess resource needs, and to visually inspect the operation. By improving soil health, managing nutrients, reducing soil erosion, creating buffers, and treating barnyard runoff water, we improve the water quality of our local streams.

To request assistance from your Conservation District, click HERE for the Cooperator Agreement form. Additional online information can be found at the USDA-NRCS website and the PA Dept of Agriculture website..

Southwest PA Project Grass"Grazing at it's Best"

Project Grass is a cooperative committee made up of local farmers, County Conservation Districts. Project Grass strives to increase grassland productivity while minimizing the environmental impact from farming.

The committee holds meetings every other month, which are attended by the Conservation District staff and agricultural producers. Four broad objectives have been identified for the committee:
  1. Enhance Pennsylvania agriculture through better utilization of grasslands.
  2. Improve the economic position of Pennsylvania farmers, particularly small farms.
  3. Increase the amount of livestock production in the Commonwealth to increase energy efficiency and develop improved marketing capabilities for cattle, sheep, hay, and other livestock.
  4. Achieve better utilization of land and water resources for improved environmental quality.
Please visit the Southwest Project Grass website at to learn more about this group and visit their Upcoming Events page to see some of the events they host, such as, field days, pasture walks, grazing bus tours, Grassland Evaluation Contest, and grazing conferences.

Lime Spreader Rental Program:

Applying lime to pasture and hay fields is one of the simplest management decisions to make. Increasing soil pH can increase forage yields and palatability, with relatively low cost to the producer.

The Conservation District has purchased a 20-ton wet lime spreader sized to be more accommodating to our hilly topography. The application of lime is usually the cheapest way of improving the quality of forage for an extended period of time. The Conservation District has created this program for the purpose of being user-friendly regarding cost as well as results.

As livestock production in the region has transitioned into more grass-based rotational grazing systems, the need for lime to help support quality forage production has become imperative, but a producer’s ability to get lime where and when they need has been reduced. A spreader of this size is easier to use on steep ground and more maneuverable in smaller pasture paddocks. Our specific machine is equipped with surge brakes and a longer axle to provide better control and stability.

To rent the GCCD lime spreader, you must complete the Lime Spreader Rental Agreement, provide proof of insurance, and pay a $50 deposit. The standard rental period is three days, and the final rental charge is based on total tons of lime spread. To receive your deposit back, you must return the machine clean and undamaged.

Click HERE for the Lime Spreader Rental User Agreement (fillable form).

Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program:

The Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program was created through Act 55 of 2007. It allows farmers and businesses to earn tax credits in exchange for planning, sponsoring or implementing "Best Management Practices" (BMPs) on agricultural operations that will enhance farm production and protect natural resources. Farmers can also receive tax credits for conversion or upgrading to a no-till cropping system. Click HERE for the December 2016 No-Till Drill Agreement.

Click HERE for Resource Enhancement & Protection Program (What's New - 2015-2016). NOTE: if having problems opening this document, visit the REAP website and click on "What's New" under Forms.

Other REAP documents: REAP Guidelines and Application Form with instructions. For additional information go to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture webpage and at Programs for a search of available information.

Water Quality Mini-grant Program:

The Greene County Conservation District has established a Water Quality Mini-grant Program to provide full or partial funding, up to $5000, to projects that address water quality improvement through implementation/installation of Best Management Practices (BMP).

Exact awards are based on funds expended by the applicant, up to the maximum award. Up to 5 grant awards may be given in one year at the discretion of the Conservation District Board of Directors (The Board) any undisbursed grants will remain with the Conservation District to be used at its discretion. Funds will not roll over to the next year. Funds allocated to this program are non-tax dollar funds.

Applications are reviewed twice annually by the GCCD Board of Directors on the third Tuesday of January and July. Click HERE for the Water Quality Mini-grant Program fillable application form. For more information or to schedule a site visit with our technical staff, call 724--852-5278.

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