4730 New Harvest Ln, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865)523-3338 ext. 3    ~    FAX  (855)584-5853
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Knox County SCD Conserves Soil and Water Resources


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The Knox County Soil Conservation District (SCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Knoxville Field Office are work in partnership to help landowners in Knox County conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources.  We provide technical and financial assistance to landowners to help them install agricultural best management practices (BMPs).  Read more below to learn about our projects and see before-and-after BMP photos.

The Knox SCD seeks to help farmers cost-effectively improve operations on their land and conserve natural resources, ensuring that we leave a positive legacy for future agriculturalists.  In pursuit of that goal, we provide technical and financial assistance to farmers in Knox County.  Just a few of the BMPs we assist in installing are:

  • Heavy-use area protection
  • Livestock watering systems
  • Cross fencing for rotational grazing
  • Exclusion fencing and stream corssings
  • High tunnels
  • Wildlife and forestry practices

We also provide low-cost rentals and sales on equipment and materials such as:

  • No-till drills
  • Lime-spreader
  • Geotextile fabric
  • Soil-testing kits

Cost-share funding is available through the USDA-NRCS Enfironmental Quality Incentives Program, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund, and other programs.  You can read more about these options on the "Programs and Services" tab.  If you have questions about a resource concern, installing a BMP on your property, or whether you may be eligible for cost-share funding, don't hesitate to contact us at our office today!  We are always happy to answer any questions or schedule a field visit to your property.  

 Here are some photos of recently installed Ag BMPs on Knox County farms:

Photo exclusion fencing before

   Exclusion Fencing Along a Creek

(Before & After)


Photo exclusion fencing after 
 Photo heavy use area before

 Heavy Use Area Protection Pad

(Before & After)

 Photo heavy use area after
 Photo stream bank access point

 Stream Access point

(Before & After)

 Photo stream access point after
 Photo watering trough before

 Watering Trough

(Before & After)

 Photo water trough after
 Photo streambank stabilization before

 Streambank Stabilization Project

(Before & After)

 Photo streambank stabilization after


Program Information

Landowners in any County can apply for cost-share funding. There are a host of programs, both federal and state, that provide cost share funds for Ag BMPs. EQIP, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, is the most commonly applied for federally funded program. It, like all other programs, is a reimbursement program, meaning that the landowner pays for the installation of the Ag BMPs up front, and NRCS reimburses the landowner after NRCS personnel ensure that the BMP was installed correctly. The reimbursement rate for this program is 75% cost share. That DOES NOT mean that the landowner willnecessarily receive 75% of his or her actual costs for installing a BMP.  What it does mean is that the landowner will receive 75% of the statewide average cost of installing a BMP. It may cost $3500 on average to install a watering facility in Knox County, for example, while in Hawkins County it may cost closer to $2000 on average. NRCS takes the average cost of installing a watering facility over all 95 Tennessee counties and sets a “payment rate” for that practice each year. NRCS will reimburse a landowner up to this amount for installing that practice. These practices & associated rates are listed in NRCS’s “Payment Schedule”. NRCS publishes a new Payment Schedule each year to adjust for inflation and other variables. This way, we can tell a landowner exactly how much they will get paid for installing a practice, before they install it.

TDA uses this payment schedule as well for their cost share programs. TDA’s most commonly used program is the Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund (ARCF). Your District has to apply each year for funding from this program. The State Soil Conservation Committee is a TDA committee and directs a set amount of funds each year to each District who applies for ARCF funds. This is where your Board of Supervisors comes in. Your Board of Supervisors is responsible for then directing those funds to landowners in your County.

Depending on your situation, the Conservationist(s) will direct you to apply for one or more programs to increase your chances of getting your conservation plan funded with cost-share dollars. We walk you through the entire process to ensure your success. Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions you may have about our programs.

We can be reached at (865) 523-3338 x 3, Monday through Friday 8am - 4:30pm.

These websites will offer more information on most of our cost-share programs:

Tennessee NRCS website: http://www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov/

Tennessee Department of Agriculture website: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/conservation.html


Board and Staff


Knox County Soil Conservation District partners with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to protect and conserve the natural resources on agricultural land in Knox County. The District and NRCS share field office space at the USDA Service Center located on New Harvest Lane.  The two District employees are employed by Knox County and are managed by the Stormwater Department of Knox County as well as the Board of Supervisors.  Knox County currently employs a Soil Conservationist and a Program Coordinator.  


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Luke Shoffner, Soil Conservationist, Knox County

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Cynthia Foster, Program Coordinator, Knox County

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The District Conservationist, Soil Conservationist and Soil Technician are the federal employees at the Knox County field office and manage the field operations and all federal contracts generated throught the Knox field office.    

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Addison Davidson, District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS

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David Gentry, Soil Conservationist, USDA-NRCS

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 Leslie Bradley

Leslie Bradley, Soil Technician, USDA-NRCS

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The Knox County Soil Conservation District is supervised by a 5 member Board. The Board directs the funds of the State of TN Dept. of Agriculture's Ag Resources Conservation Fund to local Knox County landowners who participate in the TDA's cost-share program. The Board has 3 elected positions and 2 appointed positions (each office serves a 3-year term, and elections and appointments are staggered so as to provide some continuity of Board makeup).

Soil Conservation Districts in Tennessee hold elections every three (3) years for three (3) of the five (5) positions. The other two seats are appointed alternately during non-election years. Knox County SCD held our election in March of 2022.

Our current Board of Supervisors is:

Bill Hill, Chairman

Broadus Hubbs, Vice Chairman

Bill Benziger, Secretary

Calvin Thompson, Treasurer

Richard Neal, Liaison

Call us at 865-523-3338 x 3 with any questions or concerns.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for www.knoxcountyscd.com. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.


Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 865-523-3338 x3 or via email.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

Knox County Soil Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.


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