Extension Teaches Ag Producers to Protect Groundwater

Posted: February 29, 2016

Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, presented a Penn State Extension talk entitled, “Keeping Pesticides Out of Groundwater” at the first of several pesticide update meetings for Pennsylvania agricultural producers on Friday, January 29, 2016, in Ulysses, PA.

The talk presented information about groundwater in Pennsylvania, characteristics of groundwater, how water contamination happens and what producers can do to protect groundwater. Pennsylvanians withdraw about 1 billion gallons of groundwater each day and about half of Pennsylvania’s population get at least part of their drinking water from groundwater. Clark recognized that agricultural producers are the first to be concerned about groundwater contamination because most rely on private water supplies for their own drinking water. Farm water wells will be the first to be contaminated, if a farm spill occurs. There were 80 agricultural producers represented at the session and 49 or 61% completed a post survey. 49 or 100% of the survey respondents stated they learned something new from the talk and 41 or 84% stated they would take action to improve their operation because they attended.

James A. Clark
Extension Water Resources Educator
Renewable Natural Resources Extension Team
Penn State Extension
McKean County