2018 TACD Convention

2018 - 74th TACD Convention - Jackson, Tennessee

Preserving Our Natural Resources for Future Generations

DoubleTree Hotel - Jackson, TennesseeThe 74th Annual TACD Convention was held in Jackson, Tennessee at the Doubletree Hotel. The theme was "Preserving Our Natural Resources for Future Generations." The theme was submitted by the Cheatham County Soil Conservation District.

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74th TACD Convention

February 25 – 27, 2018

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Jackson, Tennessee

“Preserving Our Natural Resources for Future Generations”


Sunday, Feb. 25th  (all times are tentative until final)                                              

12:00—1:00 pm          TACD Officers and Directors Luncheon                              

1:00—3:00 pm            TACD Board of Officers and Directors Meeting

3:00—5:00 pm            TACD Auxiliary Meeting                                                                              

3:00—4:30 pm            TACD Committee Meetings

3:30—5:00 pm            TCDEA Executive Board Meeting                                       

4:30—6:00 pm            State Soil Conservation Committee Meeting                        

5:30—7:00 pm            TCDEA Social (invitation only)                                            

7:00—8:00 pm            Vespers Service                                                                      

8:00—9:30 pm            Welcome Reception                           

Monday, Feb. 27th                                                                            

8:30—9:30 am            TACD 74th Annual Convention Opening Ceremony

                                    TACD West TN Vice President Kirk Daniel

9:30 – 11:30 am          Keynote Speakers:

                                                Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief, Washington D.C. (T)

                                                Michael K. Brown, Executive Director, NASCA, Hartley, DE

12:00—2:00 pm          Supervisors Luncheon

                                    TACD Vice President Jim Bledsoe, Presiding

                                                Pal Neal, Chair, Tennessee State Soil Conservation Committee

                                                Video-Hugh Hammond Bennett and the Conservation Movement

                                                Training Issues-Michael K. Brown and Danny Sells

12:00—2:00 pm          TCDEA/TACD Auxiliary Luncheon

                                    TCDEA President Janice Gilispie & Auxiliary President Brenda Essary

                                                Loni Harris, Tennessee Historical Commission


2:00—2:30 pm            Afternoon General Session

                                    TACD East TN Vice President Lynice Broyles, Presiding

Presentation: Appalachian RC&D Council

Tennessee Farm Link

2:30-4:00 pm               Soil Health, Grazing and Current Issues/Challenges

                                                Mike Hubbs, TACD Soil Health Coordinator

                                                Greg Brann, TACD Grazing Coordinator

                                                Dr. Tyson Raper, UT Ag Research , Jackson

4:00—5:30 pm            TACD Committee Meetings


7:00pm                        Annual TACD/TCDEA/Auxiliary Scholarship Auction

                                    East TN VP and Chair, Auction Committee, Lynice Broyles

Tuesday, Feb. 28th                                                                                                    

7:30—10:00 am          TACD Annual Awards Breakfast

                                    TACD Secretary & Chair, Awards Committee, Bill Parker

10:00—12:00 noon     TACD Annual Partnership Reports and Annual Business Session

10:30—12:00 noon     TCDEA Business Session

                                    TCDEA President Janice Gilispie                                          


12:00 noon                  Lunch on your own

1:30—3:00 pm            General Session:

                                    NACD Board Member & Chair, Natural Resource Policy, Ray Weaver

                                    2018 Farm Bill Discussion

                                                Rhedona Rose-CEO, TN Farm Bureau

                                                Coleman Garrison-Director of Govt. Affairs, NACD (T)

3:00—4:00pm             Drones and Agriculture

                                                Lt. Gen. John Castellaw USMC (Retired)

                                                Farmspace Systems LLC


6:30pm                        74th Annual TACD Banquet

                                    TACD President Kelly Stockton, Toastmaster

                                                Award Presentations

                                                Entertainment—Scott Myatt and Steve Short

                                                Installation of 2016 TACD Officers

                                                Announce Theme for 2017 Convention