315 John R. Rice Blvd. Suite 150
Murfreesboro, TN  37127
615-893-9295 ext.3

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Welcome to the Rutherford County Soil Conservation District website!

The Rutherford County Soil Conservation District is responsible for the promotion of the conservation and development of natural resources with Rutherford County with special emphasis on soil and water, and for providing assistance to landowners with the planning and application of conservation practices on their land. Funding is provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and the Rutherford County Government.

District board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The public is welcome to attend. You may contact the Rutherford County SCD office at (615) 893-9295 for the meeting time.

The Rutherford County Soil Conservation District is located at 315 John R. Rice Blvd. Suite 150, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.

The Rutherford County Soil Conservation District and the United States Department of Agriculture prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.

Earth Team

What is the Earth Team?                                                                                

The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of the Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS and we are making a difference in every county in the nation.

NRCS partners with conservation groups and others to ensure private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges like climate change. Working side-by-side with farmers and ranchers, the NRCS identifies natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources.

Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of the conservation partnership and each member takes pride in the fact that they maintain and improve our natural resources and environment on private lands.

The job of conserving our natural resources cannot be done by the government alone.  We need your help in reducing soil erosion, conserving our water and improving its quality, and developing pride in our country's natural resource heritage.

For more information please click the link below:




ACEP-ALE Deadline Extended to January 29

January 15, 2016

Application Deadline Extended to January 29th for Tennessee Agricultural Producers to Apply for ACEP-ALE Program
Funds also Available for Wetland Protection


NASHVILLE – The Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the deadline for Tennessee producers to apply for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easements (ACEP-ALE) to Friday, January 29, 2016. The original deadline was January 15, but the new deadline will allow more time for producers to compete for 2016 funding. Producers are encouraged to apply at any time throughout the year but deadlines have to be set to evaluate the applications.

“NRCS helps farmers, private forest landowners, and partners to achieve their conservation goals using our technical expertise, Farm Bill funding, and sound conservation planning,” said Kevin Brown, Tennessee State Conservationist. “Conservation easements are an important tool to help these landowners and partners voluntarily provide long-term protection of our nation’s farmland, wetlands, and grassland for future generations.”

The 2014 Farm Bill consolidated three previous conservation easement programs into ACEP to make it easier for diverse agricultural landowners to fully benefit from conservation initiatives. NRCS easement programs have been a critical tool in recent years for advancing landscape-scale private lands conservation.

In FY 2014 and FY 2015, NRCS invested more than $600 million in ACEP funding to help landowners engage in voluntary conservation to provide long-term protection of an estimated 250,000 acres of farmland, grassland, and wetlands through more than 750 new easements.

To participate in the ACEP-ALE program, landowners must agree to limit the use of their land for non-agricultural purposes and to develop and implement a conservation plan if they have fields designated as ‘Highly Erodible Land.’ The farmland must contain productive soils or historic archaeological sites, or support a state or local program policy.”

ACEP-ALE applicants (eligible entities) must be state or local units of government or a non-governmental organization. Applicants must have an established farmland protection program that purchases agricultural conservation easements for the purpose of protecting agriculture use and related conservation values by limiting conversion to nonagricultural uses of the land.

USDA provides up to 50 percent of the appraised fair market value of the conservation easement in this voluntary program. The landowner retains ownership and continues to use the land for agricultural purposes.

In addition to ACEP-ALE funding, $6 million in ACEP-WRE (Wetland Reserve Easements) funding is available in Tennessee under the Mississippi River Basin Initiative to help protect lands along the Mississippi River.

WRE allows landowners to successfully restore, enhance, and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce damage from flooding, recharge groundwater, and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. Eligible landowners can choose to enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement.

Producers should visit with their local NRCS Service Center, or contact Chris Hancock, District Conservationist at 615-893-9295 ext. 3 if they are interested in applying for ACEP-ALE or ACEP-WRE funding.

For general information about the ACEP program, please contact Laura Persinger, Realty Specialist, at (615) 277-2597, or visit the Tennessee NRCS website.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).  Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information  requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call  (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 

          Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
          1400 Independence Avenue, SW
          Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  • fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


Over the years the Rutherford County Soil Conservation District has worked with a wide variety of Partners

   providing many opportunities for landowners and natural resources. We would like to recognize

the agencies who have worked with and helped us promote good stewardship of our land.


ACEP News Release

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    December 10, 2015

Tennessee Agricultural Producers Urged to Apply for ACEP Program by January 15, 2016

Other funds available for Wetland Protection

NASHVILLE – Tennessee producers are urged to apply for ACEP program by January 15, 2016. Funds are available to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat, and encourage private owners to maintain land for farming and ranching. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development of farms, wetlands and grasslands.

ACEP's agricultural land easements not only protect the long-term viability of the nation's food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses, they also support environmental quality, wildlife habitat, historic preservation and protection of open spaces.  Native American Tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs are eligible to partner with NRCS to purchase conservation easements. 

“NRCS helps farmers, ranchers, private forest landowners and partners to achieve their conservation goals using our technical expertise, Farm Bill funding and sound conservation planning,” Kevin Brown, Tennessee State Conservationist, said. “Conservation easements are an important tool to help these landowners and partners voluntarily provide long-term protection of our nation’s farmland, ranchland, wetlands and grasslands for future generations.”

ACEP-ALE (Agricultural Land Easement), Tennessee has over $300,000 available in matching funds.

NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland. Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.

Under the Agricultural Land component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.

Read more: ACEP News Release

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