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Grant helps Schuylkill County farmer make improvements on land

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The Schuylkill County Conservation District received a grant to help a local farmer fix up his farm. These improvements will help the environment.

2018 was a challenging year for farmers throughout Schuylkill County.

“The problems on farms are different. It is not a cookie cutting solution. Every farm you walk on has a different set of challenges,” Martie Hetherington, the Chesapeake Bay coordinator for the Schuylkill County Conservation District said.

The rain that poured in over the past year has made it even harder for farmers who deal with manure.

The Schuylkill County Conservation District has received nearly $155,000 for the Growing Greener Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The money will go towards helping one farmer reduce the amount of manure and sediments that make their way into the streams.

The conservation district says most farmers do want to be environmentally friendly but they don’t always financially have the ability to do so. This grant however changes that.

“The farmer is very excited to do this and this has been many years in the planning,” Hetherington said.

 The project is a collaborative effort between the conservation district along, other government agencies and the farmers themselves.

Hetherington says the conservation district applied for the grant over the summer. They could see the project completed by the end of the year.

The DEP distributes the growing greener grant to other causes like stream bank restoration, acid mine drainage and more.

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