Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, April 05, 1975, Image 19

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    Conservation
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Association, told the com
mittee that while PFA is
opposed to more government
regulation, they do realize
that some farm owners and
operators have a reckless
disregard for the soil, and
that some of these cases
could only be corrected by
government imposed ac
tions.
"But," he said, "we'd also
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like to point out that farmers
share a common goal with
DER: preservation and
improvement of en
vironmental quality. Indeed,
farmers have a vested in
terest here, and a sincere
concern. The environment is
the farmer’s living. He uses
the land, air and water to
produce food.”
Heim pointed out three
major reservations he and
the PFA had about the 1977
deadline. He asked:
1 - How will DER deal with
those farmers who have
applied for a farm con
servation plan before the
deadline, but have not yet
had one designed and im
plemented because of the
demands placed on the
under-finanaced and under
staffed Conservation District
office?
2 - How does DER plan to
educate their field staff on
matters of the Erosion
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3 - In order to adequately
Judge implementation of a
farm conservation plan, one
must know something of
contemporary agricultural
practices. Docs DER plan to
familiarise their cn<
forccmcnt personnel with
this area?
Helm also voiced serious
concern over the DER
definition of animal wastes
as sewage. "Manure is a
valuable resource,” Heim
said, "and any regulations
that might prohibit fanners
from spreading it on their
land ■ as they’ve
traditionally done • will hurt
food production.”
There are many farmers
opposed to the regulations,
Heim noted. “But I think
much of the opposition come
from the fact that there's a
lot of misunderstanding
concerning the regulations.
Farmers are in favor of
sedimentation and erosion
control, and they favor an
approach silitnar to DER’s.
But they definitely don't like
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having government ugenaen
telling them what to do. If
DER wants to help farmers
control sedimentation, then
they'll have to do a much
better job of communicating
with farmers through ex
tension, farm groups and so
forth. If there’s more
communication, I feel
certain a lot of the opposition
will disappear.”
The committee heard from
several people during the
day that seemed flatly op
posed to DER regulation of
farm erosion. One was a
Franklin County surveyor
who told the hearing, "I have
yet to talk to anyone who
thinks farm pollution is a
problem at this time. I think
90 percent of all farmers use
some conservation prac
tices, especially on steep
slopes and next to water
ways. Only on out of ten
farmers don’t do anything."
Keith Eckle, a
Lackawanna County dairy
and vegetable farmer, asked
the committee, “How much
environmental quality can
we afford? Who will pay the
cost, how much will
agricultural production
suffer, and who makes the
decision as to whether we
devote ourselves to clean
streams or growing food?”
In Northeastern Penn
sylvania, Eckle pointed out,
the conservation problem is
greatly complicated by the
fact that many of the best
farmers till considerable
acreages of rented land. He
said farmers wouldn’t be
willing to spend money on
censervation practices for
rented land, nor would
landlords who were getting
only $l5 to $2O an acre yearly
rental. “Why should a lan
downer pay for terraces
when he’s just holding the
land for development
anyway? Terraces won’t
increase the value of rental
land at all, and they could
decrease the resale value.
Unless you solve the rented
land problem, conservation
regulations are going to put a
lot of our best farmers out of
business.”
Eckle also doubted the
conservation measures
always paid off in production
increases or better soils. “If
we do as bad a job of farming
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as people say wc do, we’d
have run out of topsoil long
ago."
George Wolff, a member of
the Lebanon County Con
servation District board of
directors, defended con
servationists.
"I have terraces on my
farm because I think they’re
a definite net worth factor,"
he said. "The cost of my
terraces was minor because
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I had them done when the
federal government, through
the Agricultural
Stabilization and Con
servation Service, was
paying 80 percent of the bill.
"But formers don't always
need terraces to solve their
erosion problems. And for
those who do, there will still
be money available from
Washington for some con
servation practices."
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