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Pennsylvania manure management practices survey is 'live'Pennsylvania manure management practices survey is 'live'

Make your farm's manure management practices count in this Pennsylvania initiative to credit conservation efforts on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

John Vogel

October 20, 2015

2 Min Read

In late August on this website and in October's issue, American Agriculturist reported that Pennsylvania Association of Soil Conservation Districts was readying a online survey to give farmers credit for the soil and water conservation efforts. See Who should wear ag's tin star and police Chesapeake Bay cleanup .

That survey, focusing on manure management practices, is now online and ready for you to use. And, previously raised questions regarding sponsorship and confidentiality have been addressed.


Pennsylvania's farmers deserve credit for the work they do to ensure clean water and healthy soil, affirms Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh. To give that proper credit, PACD is asking farmers to voluntarily complete the survey.
Click on the online Manure Management Self-reporting survey at pacd.org/selfreport . It asks questions about your manure management and conservation plans and practices.

Then what?
Submitted data will be used to enter into the Chesapeake Bay model. The goal is to ensure that the work farmers have already done is being counted toward pollution reduction goals.

Some 10% of the respondents, chosen at random, will have data verified by their local conservation district, explains Shambaugh. "While contact information will be collected, PACD will only use that information for verification of the submitted information," she adds. "Farmer privacy is very important to us and any identifying information will not be shared other than for this purpose."
Partners supporting this project include: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Farmers Union, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Pennsylvania State Grange, PennAg Industries Association, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Again, to complete the survey, click on pacd.org/selfreport. The survey should take 10 to15 minutes. For more information about the work of the state's 66 conservation districts, visit pacd.org/CD

About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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