The Venango Conservation District is happy to announce that they will be offering the sponsorship of five Venango County agricultural producers to attend the upcoming 2018 Western PA Annual Grazing Conference, located in Clarion, PA on March 21st and 22nd, 2018. This is a two day event with the option to attend one or both days. Sponsorship of this event covers a one day registration cost of $45, which includes continental breakfast and hot buffet lunch. Awarded applicants have the choice of which day would they would like to attend. However, if the recipient wishes to attend the second day, they will be responsible for any additional registrations cost.
The 2018 Western PA Annual Grazing Conference includes many speakers and presentations, including Teddy Gentry, bass player for the legendary country music group Alabama. Teddy Gentry will talk about efficiency of cow calf production and how grazing management has benefited his own beef cattle operation. Greg Judy, author of two grazing management books and owner/operator of a beef grazing operation in Clark, Missouri, will also talk about his successes of leasing and owning grazing land. The event brochure, including the agenda and more details can be found on the Venango Conservation District website www.venangocd.org.
In order to be an eligible recipient of this sponsorship, interested persons must be an agricultural producer and reside in Venango County. He or she must also complete a “Sponsorship Eligibility Form” and submit it to the Venango Conservation District by Thursday, March 1, 2018 by mailing to 1793 Cherrytree Road Franklin, PA 16323 (Attn: Becky Deeter) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The “Sponsorship Eligibility Form” will be reviewed by the Venango Conservation District for appropriate eligibility, and available openings will then be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Awarded applicants will be notified by Monday, March 5th.
If you have any questions, need a copy of the “Sponsorship Eligibility Form”, or would like more information regarding the event, please contact Becky at the Venango Conservation District at 814-676-2832, email@example.com or visit www.venangocd.org.
Western PA Annual Grazing Conference Brochure
VCD Sponsorship Eligibility Form
The Clarion and Venango Conservation Districts will be hosting a free Twilight Pond Walk with the Penn State Extension. The workshop will be held at YMCA's Camp Coffman. We will gather at the Fisherman's Cabin Pond located behind the dining hall at Camp Coffman. The program is designed for owners or managers who maintain ponds and lakes.
Penn State's Pond Educator, Bryan Swistock, will discuss life cycles both in and around the pond, starting with an overview of pond basics. His emphasis will be on plant identification, management, and algal control. He will also cover topics of pond structure, fish and wildlife issues, managing plants and algae, and an introduction to harmful algal blooms. Samples of aquatic plants may be brought to the workshop for identification.
The workshop will be outside, so please dress for the weather. Participants may bring a lawn chair if they will need a place to sit during the two hour session.
For more information, contact Tricia McIntire at the Clarion Conservation District at 814-297-7813 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Venango Conservation District has teamed up with the Crawford County Conservation District, the Erie County Conservation District and the Mercer County Conservation District to host a Manure Management Field Day event.
Every farm in Pennsylvania that applies manure or agricultural process wastewater is required to have and implement a written Manure Management Plan. You can join us at our field day to learn the facts about manure management and tips that will help you successfully complete a manure management plan for your own operation.
Topics we'll cover at the field day include Manure Management Regulations and the Manual, Biosecurity Practices, Farm Vehicle Transportation Regulations, Manure Spreader Calibration Demonstrations, Ag E&S Regulations, PA One Stop Mapping Introduction and more.
So, join us on Friday April 8 2016 at the Apple Shamrock Dairy Farm in Townville PA from 9am to 3pm. We're asking that you register for the event, but there is no fee and lunch is provided. Please register by April 1st with Shawn at the Mercer County Conservation District 1-724-662-2242.
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P.S. Can't make it to the Regional Field Day? The Venango Conservation District will be hosting three Manure Management Workshops at the Nature Lodge on Two Mile Run County Park. The dates are:
Follow-Up Workshop - April 13th - 9am to 12pm
Full Day Workshop - April 14th - 9am to 3pm
Equine Workshop - April 26th - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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The Venango Conservation District, in conjunction with the Mercer County Conservation District will be coordinating and Agricultural Field Day on Thursday September 17th from 10am to 3pm. The event will be hosted by the Mike Ohler family of Sandy Valley Farms located at 632 Valley Road, Polk PA 16342. This Agricultural Field Day event will provide an opportunity for local farmers to attend an event at a localized level to learn more about the importance and benefits of agricultural practices that help conserve farm land, and ultimately prevent and/or limit nonpoint source pollution.
9:30-10:00 Registration/Visit with Sponsors
10:15-10:45 Cover Crop Benefits
Joel Hunter; Agronomist-Penn State Ext.
10:45-11:15 Rainfall Simulator/Soil Health
Tim Elder; Grazing Specialist-NRCS
11:15-12:00 Informational Sessions
· NRCS Programs (10 min)
· Nutrient & Manure Management
Laurel Rush; Western PA NM
· Resource Enhancement & Protection (REAP)/Farmer Testimony
Joel Semke; REAP Coordinator
12:00-1:00 Lunch/Visit with Sponsors
1:00-1:45 Steam Bank Stabilization
Lance Bowes; District Manager-Venango Conservation District
1:45-2:00 Travel to Field Site
2:00-2:30 Managing Corn Foliar Diseases
Kevin Fry; Field Agronomist-DuPont Pioneer
2:30-3:00 Return to Farm/Evaluations
3:00-4:00 Agricultural Management Solutions (AMS) - The Latest In GPS Technology
Ike Vorisek; Elders Ag & Turf
Contact the Venango Conservation District at 814-676-2832 for more information or to register by September 10th.
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The Venango Conservation District will be conducting a series of classes and activities for children and their families at Two Mile Run County Park. Classes are free, but class registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The classes are a series of nature walks where participants will learn about bugs, water pollution, habitat, plants and other environmental topics. The classes will be held on three consecutive weekends in August.
Saturday August 15th, 10:00am at Pioneer Flats – a class on Streams. Participants will learn about how streams are formed and different types of pollution that can impair streams. The class will also cover aquatic life and how they can indicate how clean or polluted a stream might be. Participants should wear boots or old shoes.
Saturday August 22nd, 10:00am at the Handicapped Fishing Pier – A program on lakes and wetlands. Participants will learn about why the lake is so shallow compared to 20 years ago. The class will also discuss what can be done to solve the problem. Participants should wear boots or old shoes.
Saturday August 29th, 10:00am at the Nature Lodge – a class on forests. Participants will enjoy a nature walk on a trail near the lake. The program will cover topics ranging from trees, forest succession and critters of the forest. Participants should bring bug spray.
Classes will be about an hour and one half long. This program is a great opportunity to get the family outdoors and have fun. You can register by calling Devin Lineman at 814-676-2832.
The Venango Conservation District is partnering with the Oil Creek State Park to host an educational event for children. "Learning to Fish with Mom or Dad" will be held on Saturday June 20th at 9:30am at Two Mile Run County Park. Learn everything you need to know to start catching fish! All gear & bait will be provided, no licesnse needed. Dress for the weather. You may want to bring drinks, snacks, and bug spray. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Call Oil Creek State Park at 814-676-5915 to register! Meet at the Boat Ramp.
See the OCSP post for more information https://www.facebook.com/events/656798317787199/
A grazing field day and tour will be held at the Wagner Therapeutic Riding Center, Venango Area Riding for the Handicapped Association (VARHA) facility near Polk, PA on Monday June 22, 2015. VARHA provides therapeutic horseback riding for children, adolescents, and adults with special needs.
The field day will focus on the details of an installed grazing system for horses that has allowed better pasture management. The program will run from 10:15am until 2:30pm and features sessions on forage selection and management, grazing management, fencing, watering facilities and manure and nutrient management.
Scott Rushe, Agronomist with Seedway, will discuss forage management considerations. Becky Deeter, Venango Conservation District Agricultural Resource Technician will talk about various manure and nutrient management issues that horse owners should know about. Grazing management and how to create a grazing plan will be reviewed by the area NRCS Grazing Specialist. Lunch will be provided. A pasture walk, to allow a hands on review of the day’s topics will round out the day. For driving directions load VARHA, Wagner Equine Therapeutic Center, 150 Wagner Drive, Franklin PA 16323. For further information visit www.varhacenter.org.
Submitted by M Muir.