The Huntingdon County Conservation District invites will host a day of learning and camaraderie at the 2019 Farmers’ Winter Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 9016 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, Huntingdon, to start the 2019 growing season right.

Financial support for the day-long event is provided by the state Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant, the Clean Water Fund and the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Program (CBRAP). Thanks is also extended to the event’s generous host, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House.

The agenda is as follows: 9:30 a.m. arrival, coffee and donuts; 9:30-9:40 a.m., opening remarks from HCCD staff; 9:40-10:20 a.m., news from the conservation district (HCCD staff will discuss manure and erosion plan requirements, agricultural inspections, upcoming agricultural grant opportunities and other district activities): 10:20-10:30 a.m., break; 10:30-11:30 a.m., agriculture marketing/farm succession: John Berry from Penn State Extension will lead a discussion on marketing and farm succession; 11:30 a.m. to noon, on the farm energy/REAP program (Edward Johnstonbaugh will lead a discussion on farm energy with topics such as solar power then discuss REAP applications and credits); noon to 1 p.m., lunch (at the participant’s expense); 1:00-1:30 p.m., Pasture; A Practical Perspective (Dustin Heeter from Penn State Extension will lead a discussion on practical pasture management and grazing options such as stockpile grazing); 1:30-2 p.m., Multi Use Buffers/Riparian Areas (Logan Stenger from the Huntingdon County Conservation District will lead a discussion on multi-use buffers and riparian areas).

Walk-ins will be welcomed.

To RSVP, or for additional information about the event, please contact Joy Merritts at 627-1626, ext. 3013, or admin@huntingdonconservation.org.

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