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Farmers Meet to Talk Water Quality

Posted: August 31, 2010

The inaugural meeting of the Conewago Creek Dairy Discussion Group occurred July 28, 2010.

Twenty-two dairy farms from in and around the Conewago Creek watershed were invited to the meeting and five farms attended.  The goal of this group is to provide dairy farmers with tools and information they can use to improve nutrient utilization on their farm and reduce the environmental impacts of the farm.  Sarah Dinh, Dairy/Environment Extension Educator in Lancaster County, and Genevieve Christ, Agronomy Educator in Cumberland County, organized the program, which will meet quarterly throughout the year.  Matt Royer, Director of the Lower Susquehanna Initiative with the Penn State Ag and Environment Center spoke about the Conewago Creek Initiative and the goals of that project, which elicited a lot of discussion with the farmers as to how to engage not only the farming community, but other landowners in the watershed.  Following lunch Paul Craig, Agronomy Educator in Dauphin County presented information on silage harvest and storing which was also well received by the group.  The next meeting will be held October 28, 2010 at the Londonderry Township Building in Middletown.  The main topics of the meeting will be manure application and soil testing and feed management.  Any dairy farmer in the watershed is invited and spouses are also welcome.  To find out more information about this program contact Sarah Dinh at 717-394-6851.