The Dekalb County Soil Conservation has a no-till drill for rent.  The drill rents at $100 a day with 15 acres free with a down payment of $100.  After the 15 acres is drilled the cost of acres is $7.50 per acre.

If you are interested in renting the drill, call the soil conservation office at 615-597-8226 x 3 or come by the office at 647 Bright Hill Road.  Office hours are 8:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Out of office for lunch 11:00 - 12:00.



USDA Announces Sign-Up Period for Updated Conservation Stewardship Program
Deadline to be considered for funding is May 10, 2019.

NASHVILLE, April 8, 2019 – The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2019 is May 10, 2019. USDA’s Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and
contract extensions in fiscal year 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical
conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their
farm or ranch to the next level.

“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their
conservation and management goals,” said Sheldon Hightower, Tennessee NRCS State Conservationist.
“It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of
productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit
applications to their local NRCS office by May 10, 2019, to ensure their applications are
considered for 2019 funding.

Changes to the Program
The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes
some important improvements to the program. These updates include:

• NRCS now enrolls eligible, high ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For
fiscal year 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost
for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.

• Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops
and resource conserving crop rotations.

• CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production
activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have
maintained cropland base acres.

About the Program
CSP is offered in Tennessee through continuous sign-ups. The program provides many benefits
including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased
resilience to weather extremes. CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland,
rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a

More Information
For additional information about CSP, contact the USDA service center located at 647 Bright Hill
Road in Smithville or call 615-597-8226 x3.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.




























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                                                                            FREE WILDLIFE FOOD PL0T SEED

The DeKalb Soil Conservation District are now giving a 2 free10 pound bags of wildlife food plot mix for the people who lives in DeKalb County until supply lasts.

One bag of seed will sow about 1/4 acre.  This will help feed the deers, turkeys, and songbirds.

The mix includes:  Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Buckwheat, Soybeans, Millet, and Peas. This food plot mix is provided by the

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the DeKalb Soil Conservation District.

Come by the Soil Conservation office located at the USDA Service Center at 647 Bright Hill Road, Smithville, TN.

Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.

USDA is An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.





DeKalb County Soil Conservation Election Results

The DeKalb County Soil Conservation Board of Supervisors Election was held Friday, March 8, 2019.  The following Supervisors were elected:  Jimmy Womack, Genrose Davis, and Mike Conley.   

The Soil Conservation District would like to thank those who helped in the election and those who voted. 








History of DeKalb County

                                                                       DeKalb County Soil Conservation District

                                                                  Semi-Annual Narrative Report for January 1, 1942

During the week of January 27, 1941 meetings were held throughout the County to explain the work a Soil Conservation District and to determine the interest for such a District in DeKalb County.  The total attendance for these meetings were approximately 450.

On March 15, 1941 a referendum was held.  The vote was approximately 370 for the district and 14 against the district.

Mr. Pitt Rowland and Mr. C. B. Williams were appointed by the State Soil Conservation committee.   On July 5, 1941 an election was held for the remaining supervisors.  Mr. E. L. Puckett, Mr. Walter H. Cantrell, and Mr. John L. Pedigo were elected.  Mr. Pedigo later sold his farm and moved away from the County.  Mr. A. T. Luna, having the next highest in the voting, filled his place.

The boundries for the District remain the whole of DeKalb County.  The actual work with the farmers began about October 1, 1941.

The attitudes of the farmers in the District has been very favorable.  This is shown by the large number of applications and the number in attendance at meetings.

The attitude of the press, bankers, and business men of the District is shown by the number of business men that already have plans on their farms and the applications received from others.  Each week the local paper carries a front page article "Doin's With The DeKalb County Soil Conservation District".  The article tells of the activities of the District such as the names of the farms planned that week, the total plans to date, the acres to date, the farms soiled mapped, announcements of group meetings and other things of interest in the District.

The major problems of the Supervisors in handling the affairs of the District is the lack of experience in such work and the lack of time due to other activities.  The Soil Conservation Service has been writing the farm plans and making the conservation survey maps.  The Soil Conservation Service and the Extension Service in the educational work.  All the agricultural agencies in the County have shown a fine spirit of cooperation.  These include the SCS, Extension Service, FSA, AAA, and Vocational Agriculture.

The Supervisors held four committee meetings and four meetings with farmers.

Ninety applications were received comprising a total of 7,500 acres.  Plans were on 22 farms for a total of 2,175 acres.  Conservation surveys were made on 30 farms for 3,165 acres.

One 6 foot terracing blade, 2 lime spreaders, and 4 slip-scrapers were loaned by the Soil Conservation Service.

No material has been received from the Soil Conservation Service but the District is expecting to receive approximately 40,000 trees, 1,500 pounds of sericea lespedeza seeds and 10,000 kudzu crowns.  A large part of this has been obligated by the District.

E. L. Puckett, Secretary, Treasurer