1. Can I make a complaint about my farmer neighbor?
Yes, you would have to contact the Westmoreland Conservation District and submit the complaint. We visit the farm to evaluate the validity of the complaint, and, if needed, work with the farmer to correct the problem. Odor and fly complaints go to the PA Dept of Ag.
2. What plans or permits do farmers need?
- PA requires all farms that till the ground to have an Ag Erosion & Sedimentation Plan (Ag E&S Plan). That plan puts down in writing how the farmer is going to manage his farm to prevent soil or nutrients from running off into creeks or streams (Waters of the Commonwealth).
- Any farm that produces or handles manure from livestock is required to have a Manure Management Plan that puts down in writing how the farmer is going to manage that manure to prevent it from running off into creeks or streams (Waters of the Commonwealth).
- Building permits for farms are the township’s responsibility.
- Any kind of construction work in or along streams requires a permit from the Westmoreland Conservation District.
3. Is there funding to help pay for the work I want to do on my farm?
Contact the Westmoreland Conservation District to get information about a number of programs, including grants, cost share, tax credits, etc.