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

Due to the coronvirus outbreak (COVID-19) the Knox County Soil Conservation District and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office in Knoxville, TN is open by phone appointment only until further notice, and staff are available to continue to provide one-on-one, customer-specific service to producers to help them meet their unique conservation and business goals. For assistance please call (865) 523-3338 x3.

                                           

 

Summer 2021

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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

 

Upcoming Events

Thu Nov 18 @ 8:00AM -
Knox County SCD Board Meeting

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