Lancaster County is the most productive non-irrigated farming county in the United States.
The agricultural program team in Lancaster County includes the Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD) and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This strong partnership is committed to the conservation of the county's soil and water resources.
The agricultural conservation partnership provides landowners with information on Nutrient Management, Conservation Planning, Best Management Practices & Technical Assistance, as well as Funding Resources to install conservation practices.
Under Pennsylvania Law, plowing and tilling activities, as well as some other agricultural practices are required to have Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (sometimes referred to as Conservation Plans) to minimize soil erosion and sediment deposition. You can view the Lancaster County Conservation District Agriculture Compliance Policy to find out more information on compliance items.
What do I need?
Pennsylvania's Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management) regulations state that all farms are required to develop and implement a written plan to reduce erosion when plowing and tilling (including no-till cropping) and for animal heavy use areas disturbing more that 5,000 sq. ft.
Pennsylvania Chapter 91 requires that all farms in Pennsylvania, regardless of size, that produce or land apply manure or agricultural process wastewater, develop and follow a written nutrient management plan.
Sometimes Consultants, Boroughs, Townships, County or State agencies request verification in writing of baseline compliance of State requirements such as Manure Management plans and Agriculture Erosion and Sedimentation plans. District Services include reviewing new or existing Agriculture Erosion & Sedimentation plans (Ag E&S), Agriculture to Onlot System Nitrogen Offset Trading of Nutrients, Nutrient Trading Programs, Manure Management plans (MMP) and Pennsylvania Resource Enhancement and Protection(REAP) applications.
Plans submitted to the District will be reviewed for Pennsylvania baseline compliance including adherence to implementation schedule, record keeping requirements, administratively completeness and technical correctness.
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