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NRCS Helps Couple Conserve Reisinger Farm

Conservation on Reisinger Farm in Perry County, PA

After attending Ag Progress Days in the Summer of 2019, Danny and Sue Resinger began working with NRCS to install a roofed heavy use area and waste storage facility.

By: Kevin Morgan, NRCS

Danny and Sue Reisinger of Perry County, Pennsylvania attended Ag Progress Days in State College in the summer of 2019. During their time there, they toured the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) roofed heavy use area (HUA) and waste storage facility (WSF) demo site that had recently been installed on the Ag Progress Days Exposition grounds. Danny was interested in tackling a muddy lot on their farm where he houses replacement heifers and he approached NRCS staff on site for help. 

The NRCS staff provided him with the local service center contact information, and after returning home, he reached out to Kevin Morgan and the team in New Bloomfield. Over the fall and winter of 2019, they worked with Danny to produce a plan. Danny applied for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and, he and Sue were excited for what was to come.

NRCS helped the Reisingers install this roofed heavy use area
NRCS helped the Reisingers install this heavy use area.

Danny went under contract in the summer of 2020, and he is now putting the final touches on his project. The NRCS installed a roofed HUA/WSF to address the animal concentration area and provide Danny with enough storage to get through the winter months.

The New Bloomfield office also fenced off the stream on the farm and installed a livestock watering system in the two pastures. Danny is finishing off the project by installing a riparian buffer along the stream this fall. Danny and Sue are grateful for the engineers that helped them on their projects by putting their time, expertise, and resources into ensuring the success of the project.

New Bloomfield District Conservationist Kevin Morgan recently visited with Danny to work out the details on the riparian buffer installation and Danny said, “I really enjoy looking out my house window and realizing I am not losing my ground anymore.”  When asked if they have any advice for farmers looking to work with NRCS, they enthusiastically replied, “On a scale of 1-10, the experience was a 10!”