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Information about FARMASYS

Published on November 7, 2007

Author: Coralie


Slide1:  Protecting Our Shared Water Resources Slide7:  Is an educational tool Promotes water quality awareness Can recognize environmentally courteous farmers Slide10:  A cooperative effort among: Penn State Cooperative Extension Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Slide11:  System Includes: Introduction Preliminary Screening Quiz Farmstead Map Worksheets Wrap-up Activities Slide12:  Preliminary Screening Quiz: Short series of questions for each worksheet category Quickly target most appropriate worksheets for a specific situation Slide13:  Farmstead Map: Sketch of farmstead/farm to locate significant features related to water quality Source of useful information for completing worksheets Slide14:  Farmstead Map Pasture Stream Driveway & parking area Pesticide storage area Exercise area Heifer barn Barn Well House Septic tank Absorption field Direction of surface water flow Abandoned well Highway Slide15:  Worksheets: 1. Water Well Condition and Construction 2. Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and Handling 3. Household Wastewater Treatment System 4. Barnyard Conditions and Management 5. Milkhouse Waste Management Stream and Drainageway Management Petroleum Storage and Handling Silage Storage Management Animal Waste Storage and Management Animal Waste Land Application Management Slide16:  Worksheet Contents: Why be concerned? How to rank groundwater and surface water protection using this worksheet How to complete the worksheet Ranking matrix How to use these ranks Glossary Acknowledgements Slide17:  Wrap-up Activities: Overall Farmstead Ranking — evaluation of conditions and options for improvement Post-Evaluation Survey — to be used as part of an educational program Slide20:  Separation Distances Well Slide22:  Casing Height 1 foot Well Condition and Construction:  Well Condition and Construction Type of well Age of well Position Separation distances Condition of casing and cap Well sealing Casing depth Casing height Backflow Abandoned wells Slide28:  Water well 300 feet minimum separation distance Storage & Handling Area Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and Handling:  Location Geologic materials Amounts and types Length of storage Clean-up Security of storage Containers Mixing areas Water source Backflow prevention Supervision Container disposal Clean-up Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and Handling Slide38:  Septic system drain field Wellhead 100 feet separation distance Household Wastewater:  Age of system Separation distances Quality and quantity Household Wastewater Treatment system Septic tank pumping Disposal of septage Slide46:  Water well 100 feet minimum separation distance Barnyard Barnyard Management:  Separation distances Clean water management Runoff control Scraping practices Vegetative cover Animal access Animal density/size Barnyard Management Milkhouse Waste Management:  Discharge path Clean-up practices Tank condition Tank cleaning Storage period Separation distances Land application Milkhouse Waste Management Stream and Drainageway Management:  Frequency of flow Surface water entry Buffer strips Drain outlets Maintenance Streambank conditions Fish cover Overstory cover Adjacent vegetation Channel alteration Livestock access Stream bottom Stream and Drainageway Management Slide61:  Petroleum Storage and Handling Soil drainage Slope of land Separation distances Tank installation Spill protection Piping Type and age of tank Corrosion protection Tank location Tank support Tank enclosure Secondary containment Integrity testing Inventory monitoring Unused tanks Fueling procedures Fire safety Disposal of petroleum fluids Slide64:  Silage Storage Management Crop moisture content Separation distances Clean water management Subsurface drainage Traffic areas Floor and roof condition Lining Management Effluent collection system Slide68:  Animal Waste Storage and Management Storage structure Storage pond Stack facility Separation distances Location of floodplains Storage capacity Storage status Reception and transfer system Water diversion Inspections Unloading and handling Emergency action plan Dead animal disposal Slide74:  Animal Waste Land Application Management Soil testing frequency Soil sampling patterns Animal waste sampling Nutrient management Allocation to fields Use of records Actual application rates Supplemental fertilizer Calibration of application equipment Application areas Record keeping Uniformity of land application Timing of application Treatment after application Field runoff protection Perennial stream protection Conservation plan Overall Farm Ranking:  Overall Farm Ranking Conditions and Improvements:  Conditions and Improvements EVALUATING CONDITIONS Best or Good Ranking Fair or Poor Ranking 1. ______________________ 1. ______________________ 2. ______________________ 2. ______________________ PLANNING IMPROVEMENTS 1.________________________________________________________ 2.________________________________________________________ IMPLEMENTING IMPROVEMENTS TIMING (circle one) 1.________________________________________________________ 2.________________________________________________________ Within a Within two to Immediately month This year five years Within a Within two to Immediately month This year five years Slide77:  CONFIDENTIALITY It is not the intent of this educational program to keep records of individual results. However, the landowner may share them with others who can help develop a resource management plan. Slide78:  Project Coordinators: Barry Frantz, PA Association of Conservation Districts and USDA NRCS Les Lanyon, Penn State Department of Agronomy and Cooperative Extension Jerry Martin, Penn State Cooperative Extension Slide79:  Support for this program provided by: Department of Environmental Resources 319(h) Chesapeake Bay Program USDA Special Project No. 91-EHUA-1-0061 Slide80:  Slide set developed by: Les Lanyon, Penn State Department of Agronomy and Cooperative Extension Jerry Martin, Penn State Cooperative Extension Shelly Ogline, formerly Penn State Cooperative Extension Additional slides provided by: National Farm*A*Syst office Frank Lucas, USDA-NRCS, Pequea-Mill Creek Project

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