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2020 News

FY21 EQIP Deadline

Tennessee Landowners Interested in Improving Natural Resources Encouraged to Apply for NRCS Assistance
Deadline to Apply is November 20, 2020

NASHVILLE, October 19, 2020 – The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications from Tennessee producers and landowners who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farm or forest land. Funding is available through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the deadline to apply for fiscal year 2021 funding is November 20, 2020.


“We accept applications for the EQIP program on a continuous basis, however only applications received by November 20 will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist Sheldon Hightower. “EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”


EQIP is an incentives program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as, but not limited to, animal waste management facilities, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement.


Applications can be taken at all Tennessee NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. To locate an office near you, please click on this link: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/tn/contact/local/. Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by close of business on Friday, November 20, 2020.


NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives. Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land.

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

CFAP 2 Makes Additional Funds Available to Producers

Are you a farmer of rancher whose operations has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

President Trump and Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced that USDA is going to make an additional $14 billion available for agricultural producers who continue to face impacts from the pandemic. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 signup began on Monday, September 21, 2020 and will continue through December 11, 2020. Payments will be made for three categories of commodities: price trigger commodities (major commodities that meet a minimum 5-percent decline over a specified period of time), flat-rate crops (crops that either do not meet the 5-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change), and sales commodities (includes specialty crops, aquaculture, nursery crops, floriculture, and certain other commodities).

You can learn more about this program by visiting the CFAP 2 page on farmers.gov. There you will find resources including the new CFAP 2 Eligible Commodities Finder to easily identify payment rates, online and manual options to help producers apply, training webinars, frequently asked questions, a fact sheet, and a stakeholder toolkit. You may also contact FSA’s call center, 877-508-8364, for one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process.

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2020

Putnam County Soil Conservation District Board Meeting

The Putnam County Soil Conservation District will have our monthly board meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020.

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2019

70th Annual Awards Banquet

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2019

Putnam County SCD: Special Election

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2019

Southeastern Hellbender Outreach Community Meeting

On July 23, 2019 local Soil Conservation Districts from Jackson County, Overton County, and Putnam County came together to host the Southeastern Hellbender community outreach meeting at the Dodson Branch Community Center.  The agenda consisted of Jeronimo Gomes Da Silva Neto, Private Lands Biologist, from the Southeastern Hellbender Conservation Initiative spoke about what the Southeastern Hellbender Conservation Initiative is and what a hellbender is. Tracy Daugherty, Environmental Consultant, from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spoke about water quality and permits needed.  Mark Thurman, Region 3 Fisheries Manager, from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spoke about water quality and fisheries in the Roaring River Watershed.  Chris Wolkonowski, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations spoke about why our focus is on hellbenders and what we are trying to accomplish and what we need from the community.  We had about 90 landowners from Jackson, Overton, and Putnam County at the meeting.  A meal of pork tenderloin, baked potatoes, coleslaw, and watermelon was prepared and provided to all those in attendance.  The Tennessee Department of Agriculture helped pay for the meal.  If you live in this water shed and would like some information about the programs that may be available to you please contact your local Soil Conservation District. 

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Cover Crop Field Day

The Putnam County SCD hosted a Cover Crop Field Day for local farmers from Putnam, Overton, Cumberland, Jackson, and Fentress counties in Tennessee.  The field day was held on a farm that local cover cropper, Rusty Chilcutt is sowing soy beans as his main crop.  He is using a 3-species cover crop consisting of wheat, rye, and clover to help with soil health. 

Those in attendance was 8 local cover crop farmers, TACD Soil Health Specialist Mike Hubbs, NRCS Area Resource Soil Scientist Melissa Oliver, TDA Watershed Coordinator Mark Hudson, NRCS District Conservationist Darrell Beason, NRCS Program Support Assistant Joseph Lizio, Soil Conservation Technician Nick Raab, Overton District Technician Jimmy White, and Putnam District Technician Jake Jarrett. 

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2019

News Release

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/tn/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1466635

Tennessee NRCS Offers $2 Million Additional EQIP Assistance for Flood-Damaged Ag and Forest Lands

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 31, 2019

NASHVILLE, JULY 1, 2019 – The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Tennessee recently announced that an additional $2 million in assistance is being made available to eligible Tennessee farmers and forestland owners who suffered damage to working lands due to flooding events that occurred from February 19 – March 30. The application cutoff deadline is July 31, 2019.
“Our customers are our priority and we recognize the devastation and negative impact that has occurred throughout Tennessee’s farming community due to the recent floods,” said State Conservationist Sheldon Hightower. “NRCS stands ready to assist, and we encourage producers who were affected to contact their local USDA Service Center to apply for assistance by the July 31 deadline.”

Agricultural producers and non-industrial forest landowners in the following counties—Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Cheatham, Clay, Claiborne, Cocke, Coffee, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Loudon, Marion, Marshall, McNairy, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Tipton, Unicoi, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne—are eligible to apply for assistance. Click here to see map of affected areas.

NRCS will utilize the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for this special disaster recovery sign-up. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production. It also aims to protect affected land from erosion, support disaster recovery and repair, and can help mitigate loss from exceptional storm events in the future.

Agricultural producers and non-industrial forest landowners interested in applying for EQIP Disaster Recovery Assistance should contact their local USDA service center to see if their land is eligible. More information is available online at the Tennessee NRCS website.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

HELPING PEOPLE HELP THE LAND


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2019

National Pollinator Week

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/tn/home/
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2019

Notice of Election

Pursuant to TCA §43-14-201, DUE NOTICE is hereby given that an election will be held March 11, 2019 for three positions on the Putnam County Soil Conservation District (SCD) Board. 

Polling locations will be: Putnam Farmers Co-Op, 541 West Broad Street, Cookeville, TN and the Agriculture Service Center, 900 South Walnut Avenue, Cookeville, TN from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. 

Per TCA §43-14-216, only persons holding legal title to lands in Putnam County are eligible to vote in this election.  Call the SCD office at 931-528-6472 ext 3 for more infortmation. 

The candidates in the election are: Alton Freeman, Gary Brewington, Greg Maxwell, Sam Tays, Seth Gilbert, and Wayne Moss.