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Tennessee NRCS Announces FY 2020 Application Deadline for Eligible Agricultural Entities and Individual Landowners to Apply for ACEP Deadline to apply is March 25, 2020

NASHVILLE, February 25, 2020 – The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced an application deadline for Tennessee eligible entities to apply for fiscal year 2020 funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Tennessee will accept applications for ACEP on a continuous basis, but deadlines must be set to evaluate the applications. “NRCS may establish additional application cutoff dates based on funding and interest in the ACEP program and, if an additional funding period is approved, a 30-day-minimum application period will be announced,” said Sheldon Hightower, State Conservationist, Tennessee NRCS. Applications for the ACEP-Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) will only be accepted from eligible entities, not individual landowners. Eligible entities include State or local units of government, Indian Tribes or nongovernmental organizations, such as a conservancy or a land trust. ALE is only available as a perpetual easement. ACEP's agricultural land easements not only protect the long-term viability of the nation's food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses, they also allow landowners to successfully restore, enhance and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce damage from flooding, recharge groundwater, and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. “Tennessee is committed to preserving working agricultural lands to help protect the long-term viability of farming across the landscape as well as to restoring and protecting vital sensitive wetlands that provide important wildlife habitat and improve water quality,” said Hightower. Qualified individual landowners may also apply for the ACEP – Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) Program. Only qualified landowners with a complete application package will be considered for land eligibility determination.

 ACEP ALE-WRE WRE can be enrolled as 30-year or perpetual, based on the landowner(s) desired management of the offered property. 30-year easements are valued at 25 percent less than perpetual easements and landowners are responsible for 25 percent of restoration costs whereas perpetual easements are eligible for a 100 percent restoration cost-share. Alternatively, landowners have the option to offer their property at a reduced purchase and/or restoration cost to improve application ranking. Applications received after the designated cutoff date of Wednesday, March 25th will be considered in the next program year or in subsequent application periods. If a landowner is applying for ACEP-WRE on multiple parcels of land, any non-contiguous parcels must be submitted as separate applications. Contiguous multiple parcels may be submitted as one application, provided the ownership is identical for each parcel. ACEP was re-authorized under the 2018 Farm Bill and authorizes assistance to qualified partners who pursue ‘buy-protect-sell’ transactions under ACEP-ALE. It also requires a conservation plan for highly erodible land that will be protected by an agricultural land easement and increases flexibility for partners to meet cost-share matching requirements. Through ACEP-ALE, NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing agricultural easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers keep their land in agriculture. ACEP-WRE allows landowners to successfully restore, enhance, and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce damage from flooding, recharge groundwater, and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. Entities and landowners in Gibson County interested in applying for ACEP-ALE or WRE funding should visit with their local USDA-NRCS Service Center at 1252 Manufacturers Row, Trenton, TN 38382. For more information about the ACEP program, contact Dustin Graham, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (731) 855-0023 Ext. 3 or visit the Tennessee NRCS website.

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USDA NRCS in Tennessee Now Accepting FY 2020 EQIP Applications Deadline

to Apply is March 6, 2020


Trenton, February 6, 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 this funding is March 6, 2020. Submitted eligible applications that are received after March 6 will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year as needed. “We accept applications for the EQIP program on a continuous basis, however only applications received by March 6 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 cover crops, 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: USDA Service Center. Applications MUST be received in your local Service Center by close of business on Friday, March 6, 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. To find out more about EQIP, visit our website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

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                                                        Job Openings


Below are several job openings within NRCS. Please click the link below for more information.

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Drill Rental



CALL 731-855-0023  EXT 3





The Haybuster Drill has an 10’ span with 3 different bins for different types of seed.

The drill needs a minimum 70hp tractor w/ hydraulics to operate it properly.

The drill’s primary use is for planting Native Warm Season Grasses, wildlife food plots, small grains, and pasture/hay seedings.

 The rental rate is $10/acre or a $100 minimum.

  20 ac. X $10.00 = $200.00

  5 ac. X $10.00 = $50.00 which means the amount due is $100



Field Day 2019

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Gibson Co. / Trenton, TN was the site for a recent field training and construction field day that was held on a beef cattle farm owned by Cleve Crook on Dec. 5th, 2019. The field day was sponsored by Tennessee Department of Agriculture and The Gibson County Soil Conservation District. The event was targeted to employees in the area to see how contractors & livestock producers, frost free waterer installation, HUA & livestock pipeline should be constructed to meet NRCS standards and specs. This training proved very valuable to the newer employees who have never seen these type practices installed and given new insight to seasoned employees that forgot a step in the construction process of these practices. Approximately 60 people attended this event. Doug Taylor with TDA, Doug Davis / Gibson Co. SCD Chairman, Tammy Swihart / NRCS State Grazing Specialist, along with Gregg Brann / TACD Grazing Specialist & Clay Brewer / Stay Tuff Fencing Representative attended the event. NRCS Resource Conservationists / Matthew Denton & Gary Blackwood from the Jackson Area Office welcomed the attendees to the livestock construction training site. Gibson County NRCS District Conservationist / Dustin Graham kicked the training off by explaining how to install a cattle livestock pipeline by hooking onto a county water source supply or a well and properly plumb it up with a 10’ x 10’ Heavy Use Area, HUA so that a frost-free cattle waterer could be mounted onto the HUA. These practices had already been started prior to this field day and the pipeline trench had been left open for viewing. The HUA pad had already been sub graded down 6”, 8 oz. geo cloth fabric laid, and 33-C limestone rock put in place on half of the pad that was around the 10’ x 10’ HUA / 2” x 10” treated boards were used for this to form a square for the concrete pad. A 15” black, double wall pipe had been left standing up in the center of the HUA pad to show how it works as a heat well so that the waterer does not freeze up during the winter by upward air flow from geothermal heat. While the group went off to a separate pasture site on the farm, the producer finished filling the HUA with 33-C limestone rock for later viewing.
Next, the group was entertained by Tammy Swihart and Gregg Brann who showed the group what to look for in a pasture while doing the step & point method to come up with a pasture condition score for a given pasture. The group then broke off in groups and went out and came up with a pasture condition score for the site. After this had been done, we all met back up with Tammy & Gregg. They then had a hole dug out with a shovel to show how to go through and complete the soils portion of the overall score.
The group then went back to view the HUA site and see how it would look with the gravel all spread and in place. Besides being able to see the concrete be poured and the frost-free water tank mounted to the center of the HUA, the group got to see how these practices were implemented.
Next, the group got to watch Clay Brewer, representative with Stay Tuff Fencing Company start a section of fence that would go across the center of the waterer to separate it so it could be used by the cattle from each side of the pastures. Clay demonstrated how to install the brace pens and H-Brace assemblies from a treated post that had been set outside of where the concrete would be poured. He then showed how to properly wrap the woven wire around the post and fasten off so that the fence could be stretched. Next, Clay showed how to stretch approximately 100 feet of fence in the correct direction according to how the H – brace assemblies were installed.
Lastly, the group drove back to the Trenton NRCS field office and enjoyed a catered meal together.



Ag Day 2019


The Trenton Office staff, along with Dyer & Henry County Field Office staff, participated in a two-day, county wide ag day event for all 4th graders in the Gibson County Special School District held at the local fairgrounds in Trenton on September 10th & 11th. A total of 8 different schools which included a home school group participated in the two-day event totaling over 520 students. The Gibson County Ag Day was sponsored by the Gibson County Farm Bureau Women, Gibson Co. SCD, and UT/TSU Extension Service-AgrAbility. The purpose of the festival was to acclimate the students to the Agriculture industry to teach them where our food comes from, and how to manage and take care of what Mother Nature has provided.

The Trenton Field Office presented the Water Quality demonstration for the students. Todd Reynolds, Soil Conservationist Trenton Field Office, Luke Hemby, Gibson Co. SCD County Technician, Emily Pope, Soil Conservationist – Dyersburg Field Office, Ryan Winchester; Soil Conservationist - Paris Field Office & Ryan Blackwood, Soil Conservationist, assisted with this tour over the two-day period. The rainfall simulator was used to demonstrate the raindrop impact, runoff and infiltration that occurs on the different landscapes in the county. Soil pans were taken from a conventional tilled corn crop with no residue present, pasture & a no-till corn crop with heavy residue. The students were involved to let them determine which land use had the greatest runoff and infiltration rates. The clarity and muddiness of the runoff was discussed, and the students learned that soil lost to erosion was the contributor to the muddy water that they might see after a rain event when traveling or maybe even near where they live. The students learned the importance of keeping a cover/residue on the land, especially through the winter months. Additionally, the students were shown how to pace their steps to measure distances in the field. They were also shown a laser level, dumpy level and a survey rod. We demonstrated how we would survey in the field to attain survey shots that might be used to aid in the design of an erosion control structure. The students also got to look through the dumpy instrument to read the correct number on the survey rod.

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