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NACD’s Nashville Meeting a Resounding Success

NACD’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Nashville was a great success.  With over 1,000 in attendance, the most in many years, TACD’s role from the Service Project at McGavock High School on Friday, the tour and Opry on Saturday, our booth on Soil Health and Grazing, the opening session on Monday to the TACD tours on Wednesday, TACD’s role was noted and successful.

Photo Carol Edwards
Carol Edwards, Davidson County SCD

First, I want to say a very big “thank you” to Carol Edwards from the Davidson County Soil Conservation District.  Carol and I have worked together since last summer assisting NACD and have worked intensely since November to ensure the success of the convention and TACD’s role.  I also want to thank Amy Dishner from Hawkins County and Daniel Rogers from Tipton County for volunteering with NACD and working from Saturday through Wednesday on the many tasks supporting the convention.

The NACD Executive Committee Service Project was with the McGavock High School FFA installing raised beds for use in the ag science classes.  Providing financial support was the Davidson County SCD, Five Rivers RC&D and the Davidson County Farm Bureau.  NACD Board Member Ray Weaver and President Kelly Stockton were also on hand to support the project.  Jeanne Eastham and Carter Harris also attended to capture photos and video of the event. See a photo gallery of the Service Project at the end of this article.

Our tours were sold out and we received many comments on the value and enjoyment attendees experienced.  On Saturday we had 56 for the Belmont and Travelers Rest tour and transported over 225 conventioneers to the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Theater in downtown Nashville that evening.  On Wednesday we had a full bus, 56, to both the Belle Mont tour and lunch and another to Lynchburg for lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s and tour of the Jack Daniel’s distillery.  Helping with the tours we had TACD Vice President Jim Bledsoe for the Opry and the Lynchburg trip, Shorty Beaty from Hamilton, Donna Knox from Sequatchie, Amy Dishner and TCDEA President Janice Gilispie on all the tours.  Last but not least, Mendel Wade of Crocket County traveled as host on the Lynchburg trip on Wednesday before representing TN in the National Conservation Planning Partnership meeting on Thursday.  Also, Sara Steelman met the group in Lynchburg and assisted with lunch and the tour.  Sara also assisted with the Service Project at McGavock High School.

Photo Kelly Stockton
TACD President, Kelly Stockton

I must mention the Opening Ceremony on Monday.  President Stockton opened the meeting with the invocation, the award-winning Nashville Police Color Guard came next then the national anthem by Ashley Brooks from MTSU and three FFA members from McGavock High School led us in the pledge. To complete the opening Bob Strasser from the Davidson County Board provided a welcome to their District with a very well received history of his family farm in Davidson County and the history of agriculture and conservation in the county.  Bob then introduced Commissioner Jai Templeton doing the welcome to Tennessee.  It is always a pleasure to have the Commissioner support us with his background in ag in west Tennessee.  He just relates well to our group and we really appreciate him being there on a busy day for the administration with the state of the state address Monday evening.

The Sunshine Girls at the Leadership Luncheon

One of the biggest hits was the Sunshine Girls, Aspen and Nova Northcutt, who preformed during the Leadership Luncheon on Monday.  They are even better than when they were at the TACD convention in Franklin last year and we got hundreds of great comments on their performance.  These young performers are something and their dad and music teacher were pretty good too!

The Tennessee District employees decorated the tables for Monday Night’s Auction in Tennessee style with 275 Moon Pies donated by Hamilton County SCD, and enjoyed by all I’ll add, Nashville Guitar Picks and free Educational DVD’s by Cowboy Dan which were donated by Davidson County SCD.

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Soil Health Documents

Unlock the Secrets of the Soil


Soil Talk. On this page articles on soil health are posted in an easily accessible pdf format. The documents cover current issues on managing our lands for Soil Health including Pasture, Hay and Cropland.  Our goal is to allow landowners to understand and adopt a science based approach to maintaining healthy soil beyond erosion control on the surface.


Travellers Rest

Travellers Rest/TN Agricultural Museum/Music Star Homes

DATE: Saturday, January 27, 2018
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
COST: $77.00

Travelers Rest - Nashville TennesseeTravellers Rest

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Travellers Rest was constructed by John Overton in 1799. A prominent early settler of Tennessee, John Overton was a close associate of Andrew Jackson, a circuit judge and one of the founders of Memphis, Tennessee. 

The property was enlarged over the years to accomodate Overton's expanding family and those of his heirs. At one time, the plantation included 1050 acres.

Nashville is home to many celebrities and music stars, on the way home, the bus tour will pass several of the homes including former home of Web Pierce with the guitar shaped pool, Minnie Pearl, residences of Martina, Ronnie Millsap, Governor’s residence, Glen Leven Farm ( and many other famous residents of Nashville.

Tennessee Agricultural Museum

The museum is housed in a renovated horse barn that was built in the 1920s on the Brentwood Hall estate of financier Rogers Caldwell. The museum has a priceless collection of artifacts.  Farm equipment, household items, tools, textiles, rural Tennessee prints and photographs depict a time from the early 1800s to the 1930s.

TACD has included in the tour: Live demonstrations of Spinning, Quilting, and Grist Mill and of course, music. The Museum is part of the Barn Quilt Trail and one of the barns house the Metro Nashville Mounted Patrol Walking Horses. Boxed lunch included with tour as we drive through streets to view homes of Country Music stars. (A guide will be on the bus and provide information as you tour one of the most elite and historical parts of Nashville)

Click here for must-see items in the Museum.

Traveller's Rest was featured on Tennessee Crossroads which features Tennessee attractions. View the program below.



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Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts

Distinguished Service Award Recipients

1992 N/A  
1993 John Bradley West Tennessee
1994 Robby McBride Washington
1995 Roland Campbell Lauderdale
1996 James Harris Blount
1997 J. Merle Crawly Hamilton
1998 Bob Bryant Madison
1999 N/A  
2000 Jerry Taylor Scott
2001 N/A  
2002 N/A  
2003 N/A  
2004 Bob Aikman Rhea
2005 Daymond Broyles Washington
2006 Franklin James Madison
2007 Joe K. Thomas III Sullivan
2008 Ken Givens  
2009 Austin Anderson Coffee 
2010 Jim Nance  Davidson
2011 Joe Jack & Jere Dement  Rutherford
2012 Glen Long  Roane
2013 N/A  
2014 Harold Totty  

Tennessee Soil Conservation Districts

Use the map below or the list of counties below the map to link to the county website. Counties with a websites will display the District name when you mouseover the county on the map.

  Bedford County SCD Bradley County SCD Cheatham County SCD Clay County SCD Coffee County SCD Davidson County SCD Dickson County SCD Franklin County SCD Gibson County SCD Giles County SCD Hamblen County SCD Hamilton County SCD Hardeman County SCD Hardin County SCD Haywood County SCD Henry County SCD Hickman County SCD Knox County SCD Lauderdale County SCD Madison County SCD McMinn County SCD McNairy County SCD Monroe County SCD Putnam County SCD Roane County SCD Roane County SCD Robertson County SCD Rutherford County SCD Washington County SCD Weakley County SCD


Anderson Decatur Henderson Maury Sequatchie
Bedford DeKalb Henry McMinn Sevier
Benton Dickson Hickman McNairy Shelby
Bledsoe Dyer Houston Meigs Smith
Blount Fayette Humphreys Monroe Stewart
Bradley Fentress Jackson Montgomery Sullivan
Campbell Franklin Jefferson Moore Sumner
Cannon Gibson Johnson Morgan Tipton
Carroll Giles Knox Obion Trousdale
Carter Grainger Lake Overton Unicoi
Cheatham Greene Lauderdale Perry Union
Chester Grundy Lawrence Pickett Van Buren
Claiborne Hamblen Lewis Polk Warren
Clay Hamilton Lincoln Putnam Washington
Cocke Hancock Loudon Rhea Wayne
Coffee Hardeman Macon Roane Weakley
Crockett Hardin Madison Robertson White
Cumberland Hawkins Marion Rutherford Williamson
Davidson Haywood Marshall Scott Wilson



The links below, share our belief in conservation.

Click on the logo to visit the site.

An organization of district employees that promotes excellence and professionalism in district employees who, in turn, promoting conservation throughout the state to not only landowners, but also to land users. District employees assist in the implementation of district programs, establish and maintain a high standard of quality, and carry on an education and improvement program while displaying pride and dedication in work and to those who are served.

NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. Science and technology are critical to good conservation. NRCS experts from many disciplines come together to help landowners conserve natural resources in efficient, smart and sustainable ways. NRCS succeeds through partnerships, working closely with individual farmers and ranchers, landowners, local conservation districts, government agencies, Tribes, Earth Team volunteers and many other people and groups that care about the quality of America’s natural resources.

Southeast Conservation Districts Employee Association Representing Conservation Districts Employees in the Southeast United States.


National Association of Conservation Districts National Association of Conservation Districts NACD's mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation.


The groups below helped to make the 2015 TACD Convention possible. We want to express our sincere appreciation to these sponsors for assisting us in recognizing contributions in the soil and water conservation efforts in Tennessee.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Farm Credit Mid-America Mid-America


Tennessee Pork Producers Association

Tennessee Farmers Cooperative

Tennessee Valley Authority

Natural Resources Conservation Service