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  1. 1. Regional Forum & Flavor Reception
  2. 2. – Hotel in the revitalized urban center – Where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers form the Ohio – Home to 446 bridges! – Perfect stage for building connections, gainingnew perspectives, and – Becoming part of our shared future Welcome to Downtown Pittsburgh!
  3. 3. TOURS: – Agriculture in an Ever-Changing World full day tour – Growing Urban Agriculture in Postindustrial Communities half day tour – Restoration of Impacted Landscapes half day tour VOLUNTEERS: – AV support and oral presentation moderations – Photo Contents Judging – Exhibit Booth PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Local Arrangements: CHAPTERBOOTH
  4. 4. NRCS Welcome to Pennsylvania!
  5. 5. State of the Land in Pennsylvania Agriculture Number of Farms 60,222 58,105 63,163 59,309 53,157 48,000 50,000 52,000 54,000 56,000 58,000 60,000 62,000 64,000 1997 2002 2007 2012 2017 Acres in Agriculture, Cropland 0 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 7,000,000 7,100,000 7,200,000 7,300,000 7,400,000 7,500,000 7,600,000 7,700,000 7,800,000 7,900,000 1997 2002 2007 2012 2017 Land in Farms Cropland
  6. 6. Type of Farms, By Number 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 16,000 1997 2002 2007 2012 2017 Type of Farms, By Number Dairy Beef Swine Layers Broilers
  7. 7. Livestock, Numbers 0 20,000,000 40,000,000 60,000,000 80,000,000 100,000,000 120,000,000 140,000,000 160,000,000 180,000,000 200,000,000 0 200,000 400,000 600,000 800,000 1,000,000 1,200,000 1,400,000 1997 2002 2007 2012 2017 Dairy Beef Swine Layers Broilers (sold)
  8. 8. 21,363 Conservation Practices Applied
  9. 9. Harnessing Pennsylvania’s Culture of Stewardship for Clean Water Matt Royer Director, Agriculture and Environment Center, Penn State University; Jim Hershey President, Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance; Jonathan Burgess Program and Policy Director and Urban Agriculture Program Lead, Allegheny County Conservation District.
  10. 10. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all people . . .
  11. 11. Pennsylvania, the Keystone State of Larger Landscapes: Eight River Basins: Allegheny & Monongahela & Ohio River Basins (Mississippi) Lake Erie & Genesee River Basins (Great Lakes) Susquehanna & Potomac Basins (Chesapeake Bay) Delaware River Basin Seven States: NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, OH
  12. 12. Harnessing Pennsylvania’s Culture of Stewardship for Clean Water Matt Royer Director, Agriculture and Environment Center, Penn State University;
  13. 13. Harnessing Pennsylvania’s Culture of Stewardship for Clean Water Jim Hershey President, Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance;
  14. 14. Harnessing Pennsylvania’s Culture of Stewardship for Clean Water Jonathan Burgess Program and Policy Director and Urban Agriculture Program Lead, Allegheny County Conservation District.
  15. 15. Thank you to our all our program sponsors!
  16. 16. Questions?

Editor's Notes

  • Northeast Regional Director, Wendi Goldsmith welcomes members and guests to the 74th SWCS International Annual Conference on July 28-31, 2019 here at the Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Every year the conference brings together conservation professionals from around the world to exchange ideas about current issues facing our collective efforts to foster the science and art of conservation (good land and water use), share successes and challenges, and discuss ways to combat shared obstacles and accelerate conservation efforts.

    This year’s conference theme Bridging the Divide focuses the discussions on how we can utilize policy, planning, and partnerships to unite rural and urban landscapes for the conservation of natural resources and betterment of communities. In a few minutes we will conduct a forum to exchange ideas around the agricultural and urban dynamics that challenge conservation professionals in Pennsylvania.

  • But first, a little bit about this setting to help stimulate our discussions. Here at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you are just feet from the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River. The hotel sits at the pinnacle of the Golden Triangle, the city’s revitalized urban center.

    Whether you’re exploring Point Park, a 36 acre state park that pays homage to the many generations of communities that have occupied the site; seeing one of the nation’s first green buildings; or learning about partnerships to scale up conservation on the local level and beyond, the city of Pittsburgh is a perfect setting for new conservation connections and perspectives.

    Home to three rivers and 446 bridges, the former City of Steele Pittsburgh has transformed itself into the “City of Bridges.” These bridges play an important role in connecting the valleys, hillsides, river plains, and communities. This city of linkages sets the stage for connections around eight general conservation research and practice topics. Specialty tracks will foster dialogue surrounding unique partnerships in watershed planning and implementation, engagement of the private sector in conservation, and the challenges of adapting the landscape to a changing climate.

    Paths to meet current soil and water conservation needs look very different from the solutions that galvanized action after the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and they will continue to evolve.

    So welcome to downtown Pittsburgh and thank you for being part of our shared conservation future!

    This year’s conference reception was arranged by the Keystone Chapter of SWCS. Next I would like to invite Dan Dostie, chair of the local arrangements committee to help get you excited about conference activities that the local chapter has arranged to make this an engaging and memorable professional development event.
  • Thank you Wendi! On behalf of the local arrangements committee we all hope you enjoyed our reception this evening highlighting the local flavors of Pittsburgh and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (gobs, moon or whoopie pies, shoofly pie, sauerkraut, Utz and Snyder Chips and pretzles, Lebanon bologna, pierogies, dumplings, local beverages), have already added someone new to your professional network, enjoyed the cash bar and our musical entertainment steel drums from Hilary Borneo guest.

    In 2014 the Keystone Chapter was without leadership and Society HQs called to challenge us to reboot the chapter. The core group that formed then has been actively engaged to bring value to our continuously turning over membership in this digital information age. Our website has a new fresh look. We have an active cover crop mini-grant program to support field days and meetings. We regularly give out scholarships. And we agreed to take on the local arrangements for this year’s conference including tonight’s reception and regional forum and flavor. Today as a result of this conference we grew to 53 members!!! How many first timers in the crowd?
  • Please help me thank our LAC members: Curtis Dell, USDA ARS, Keystone Chapter President · Dan Dostie, USDA NRCS, Keystone Chapter Past President · Lisa Blazure, Clinton County Conservation District, Keystone Chapter Secretary · Gary Smith, Retired USDA NRCS, Keystone Chapter Treasurer · Jonathan Burgess, Allegheny County Conservation District · Sjoerd Duiker, Pennsylvania State University · Lamonte Garber, Stroud Water Research Center · Geri Montgomery, USDA NRCS · Frank Schneider, Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission · Mary Smith, USDA NRCS.

    We hope to see you at the 7:00 AM State of Society Address, Regional Roundtables, and House of Delegates with Rolls and Coffee. Make sure your delegate shows up to vote and participate in YOUR Society!

  • Pennsylvania’s rich and varied land use history makes this place the prime location to unite conservation experts to conserve our natural resources and celebrate this year’s conference theme. In this opening session, three speakers, Matt, Jim, and Jon, will introduce the clean water challenges facing Pennsylvania and give a taste of the stewardship culture motivating farmers and other land managers in rural and urban areas to protect and enhance water quality while making a living on the land.

  • Pennsylvania is known as the Keystone State because of its central role in the formation of the United States. Like the central, wedge-shaped stone that anchors the other stones in an arch, Pennsylvania anchored early America.

    The Ohio River is born just a few hundred yards from the conference site where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers merge, forming one of the first major gateways to western expansion of the US. The proximity to the rivers and nearby sources of coal and timber also supported the rise of steel manufacturing and others heavy industries in Pittsburgh. Incredible levels of air and water pollution in the area were well know through the middle of the 20th century; a far cry from the green and healthy city you are visiting this week. The environmental restoration of the Pittsburgh area was a long and difficult process that requiring state and federal regulation, lobbying by multiple local and national organizations, and tireless grassroot efforts.

    Much of central and eastern Pennsylvania lies within Susquehanna River basin and is the source of nearly two-thirds of the water entering the Chesapeake Bay. Water quality issues in the Chesapeake have been widely discussed in the national news for several decades, and Pennsylvania and other states in Chesapeake watershed are aggressively working to increase the deployment of conservation practices on farms and forests to reduce loading of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment. Adoption of no-till and cover cropping, addition of riparian buffers, and implementation of a range of other conservation practices continues to increase across the watershed. While ultimate water quality goals have not yet been achieved, the USEPA reports that deployment of conservation practices is causing steady improvement in water quality and indicators of ecosystem health in the Bay and its tributaries.

    Land use is diverse across Pennsylvania. About 60% of the state is forested, but crops are produced throughout the state with the most intense production in the southeast. Dairy is our largest agricultural enterprise, but we also produce eggs, pork, beef, chickens, turkeys, grains, hay, and vegetables. Plus, we are the country’s largest producer of mushrooms.
  • Matt Royer is the Director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, a research and outreach center in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Environment and Natural Resources Institute. Matt directs the AEC’s programs to integrate research, extension, education and community engagement to help solve complex land and water issues. Matt’s background and training is in environmental law and policy with an emphasis on water quality law and policy. He has nearly twenty years of experience in building watershed coalitions and partnerships. Prior to becoming the Director of the AEC In 2013, Matt directed the AEC’s Lower Susquehanna Initiative. Matt also serves as faculty for the Environmental Resource Management program at Penn State. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Duke University School of Law.
  • Jim Hershey – Elizabethtown Pa.
    Jim, along with his wife Shirl and son Marc & Crystal own and operate their 500 acre crop and livestock farm in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County Pa.
    Hershey’s operation includes Organic Certified Broiler Chickens, Swine wein to finish facility , Crop Management Service & Harvest View Barn Wedding venue.
    The crops include corn, wheat, soybeans all of which are managed in a No-Till /Cover Crop environment. Mr. Hershey has been planting into green living cover for more than 7 yrs. And has seen a significant improvement in the soils ability to handle drought and excessive wet conditions.
    Hershey has also been doing cover crop interseeding for 6 years and is now marketing interseeders commericially.
    Jim is also President of the Pa No-Till Alliance and has been speaking to many farmers and agri-business folks across Pa. and surrounding states promoting No-Till, Cover Crops & Soil Health.

  • Bio: Jonathan is the Programs and Policy Director for the Allegheny County Conservation District, where he oversees soils, watersheds, farmland preservation, ag tech assistance, and other resource programming. He is particularly interested in soil health and sustainability and working with communities and farmers to understand resource challenges. His educational background that mixes environmental science and public policy, he serves as a Steering Committee member and Urban Ag Working Group Chair at the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and he is a Board member at Sankofa Village Projects as well as Penn's Corner Conservancy RC&D. 
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