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.
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.
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.
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HELPING PEOPLE HELP THE LAND
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.
Registration is FREE, although it is limited to 100 participants.
- The agenda will include:
- What to consider before starting a farm
- Resources available to beginning farmers
- Business planning
- Grant writing
- Managing risk
- Organization involvement and legislative issues
- Tennessee’s Farmer Veteran Coalition
Click the image below to register, or navigate directly to https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/bfsummit.