NRCS is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. NRCS staff is available in all 95 Tennessee counties to provide assistance to landowners through cost share programs that promote conservation of our natural resources. 

Melissa Oliver, Soil Conservationist

Melissa Oliver is the soil conservationist serving DeKalb County. She has worked in the Smithville Field Office since September 2011. Previously she worked as a soil scientist in McMinn, Rhea, White, and Putnam counties. Melissa has worked for NRCS for 22 years. She is from Dekalb County and grew up on her family’s dairy farm. She attended University of TN-Martin and received her B.S. in Natural Resource Management, and later received her master of science in soil science from the University of TN-Knoxville. She now lives on her family farm in the Evins Mill area of Dekalb County, and is married to Russell Oliver. They have 3 boys, Eli, Luke, and Paul. They raise sheep and are active in their sons’ sports activities.

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Pam Hoskins, District Conservationist

Pam grew up on a small farm in Overton county.  She graduated from TN Tech in 1990 with a degree in Agricultural Education. Pam began her career with USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1991, and she is currently District Conservationist for Cannon and Dekalb Counties.  She lives in Woodbury and has two wonderful children. She enjoys attending sporting events and working a small garden.








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