The Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is one of 95 such Districts in the state and one of 3,000 such Districts across the country. The District is a corporate and political subdivision of Tennessee state government, having the same geographic boundaries as those of Madison County, comprising some 358,000 cares. It was established by the state soil conservation committee at the request of Madison County landowners in 1941 and was organized in accordance with the purposes, provisions, powers and restrictions set forth within the Tennessee Soil & Water Conservation District Law 43-14-201 through 43-14-223. Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District was the ninth Soil & Water Conservation District to be organized in Tennessee. The District is governed by a board of supervisors composed of five landowners residing within the District. Two of the supervisors are appointed to serve three year terms by the state soil conservation committee, while three of the supervisors are elected to serve three years by the land owners within the District. The present board consists of Don Johnson, Chairman; Alan Ewell, Vice Chairman; Matt Griggs, Secretary-Treasurer; Chris Couch, Member; and Jim Tyson, Member.
The District was organized with the help of promotional work by T.W. Hillsman, U.T. Extension Agent, and John Aycock, Soil Conservation Service Conservationist. The District's first program of work was prepared on September 10, 1941. A Memorandum of Understanding was completed with the United States Department of Agriculture on September 26, 1941. A supplemental Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Soil Conservation Service on October 1, 1941.
The function of the District is to locate technical, financial and educational resources then coordinate and focus these resources toward the application of sound natural resource conservation practices. In meeting this purpose, the District works with and serves landowners, farmers, ranchers, wildlife advocates, conservationists, environmentalists, teachers, students, businesses, agencies, government officials, and the general public.
The organization of conservation districts in Tennessee began June 13th 1940 with the creation of Sumner County and Lauderdale County SWCDs. By 1959, with the creation of the Lake County SCD on September 9th, all 95 counties in Tennessee had formed soil conservation districts.
The Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is a corporate and political subdivision of Tennessee. Organized July 10th, 1941 by the state soil & water conservation committee at the request of Madison County landowners, the district became the tenth soil conservation district to be formed in Tennessee. It received its charter from the state on October 1st, 1941. The original board was composed of Tom Lewis, C. O. Hopper, J. Harris Smith, N.T. Mayo, and Roy Ozier. Organized in accordance with the purposes, provisions, power and restrictions set forth within the Tennessee Soil & Water Conservation District law the district geographical and policital boundaries are the same as those of Madison County, comprising some 358,000 acres of land and water. The district is one of 95 such districts in the state and one of 3,000 districts across the country.
The District does much to promote conservation but its primary function is as an intermediary between owners of privately owned agricultural property and the Federal Government, wherein, through cooperating agreements between the District and private landowners, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the Federal Government under USDA will provide certain technical services and financial aid to assist private landowners with the prevention and reduction of soil erosion and with the conservation of soil related natural resources.
Many producers are enjoying the benefits of Soil Health but questions remain. The Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are partnering to provide answers to the most frequently asked soil health questions on a webpage. In addition to the FAQ, visitors will be able to view a soil health photo gallery and videos.