CBF: Manure is Not Problem in Bay But Rather Sediment is Greater Concern

Recently, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Office distributed a fact sheet to members of the Senate and House saying manure-laden runoff is not the leading cause of nitrogen pollution from Pennsylvania going to the Chesapeake Bay. In fact, recently the Department of Environmental Protection informed its Citizens Advisory Committee that sediment pollution is the Commonwealth’s greatest challenge in the Chesapeake Bay clean-up with roughly 609 million pounds of sediment reductions necessary by 2025. In comparison, necessary nitrogen reductions are roughly 32.5 million pounds of nitrogen and 940,000 pounds for phosphorus pollution. Because manure is a rich source of nutrients, it’s a valuable resource for farmers growing crops.

 
Posted Bridges

For those needing to travel across a posted bridge with a truck/equipment that exceeds the allowable weight limit, you may want to consider applying for a permit that allows loads exceeding the weight limit to drive over such bridges. The link for that form is ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/PubsForms/Forms/M-4902.pdf. This is a 4902 Permit – “Application/Permit to Exceed Posted Weight or Size Limit.”  With this permit, you must adhere to the axle and load limits; do not fail or violate your permit conditions; show proof of insurance; and meet the definition of limited and unlimited trips.

 

Another site to explore is the Pennsylvania Posted and Bonded Roads Viewer - this site shows all posted and closed state bridges in a county.

 

Transportation funding continues to be a focus of PennAg. Late September, several PennAg members along with Chris Herr, Executive Vice President, visited many of the Southern Pennsylvania Representatives stressing the need for a transportation funding package and explained the increase costs to agriculture when bridges are posted.

 
Biosecurity Signs - Order Today

Looking for an indisputable way to designate that your operation is a biosecure area and that trespassing will not be tolerated? Look no further! PennAg has 'Biosecure Area' signs available at a low cost. Download order form.

 
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PennAg Divots for Degrees Golf Outing - May 22
Consider joining us in Lancaster on May 22 for the annual PennAg Divots for Degrees Golf Outing, raising funds for the PennAg Scholarship Fund. Registration forms are available for download. Questions about the event? Contact Mindy Fleetwood at mfleetwood@pennag.com. Register today!

 
Events

April 23

PEQAP Oversight Committee Meeting

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture)

April 24

New Board Member Orientation

1 p.m.

(PennAg Office)


May 8

PennAg Board of Directors Meeting

10 a.m.

(Holiday Inn, York)


May 13

PennAg Transportation Committee Meeting

10 a.m.

(Room 405, PA Dept. of Agriculture)


May 16

PennAg Scholarship Application Deadline


May 16

PennAg Photo Contest Deadline

(Submit photo to kcaldwell@pennag.com)


May 21

Poultry Health Committee Meeting

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture)


May 22

PennAg Divots for Degrees Golf Outing

(Meadia Heights Golf Course, Lancaster)


May 26

Memorial Day

PennAg Office Closed

 

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