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Read More about the Mulvaney Family

Beginning Farmers in Obion County

Amanda and Lee Mulvaney moved to Tennessee from Wisconsin first settling in Newbern and then Obion where they now own and operate a farm with over 300 acres. Amanda Mulvaney came to the Union City Field Office in February of 2010 to get assistance on controlling erosion and livestock issues on their farm they had just purchased.

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Read More about Matthew Hancock

Hancock Uses Precision Nutrient Management for Optimum Benefits

Mathew Hancock of the Milldale community in Robertson County is applying conservation practices to his operation using cost-share assistance through the NRCS Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI). Hancock worked with NRCS District Conservationist Phillip Wilson to determine what conservation practices would best meet the needs of his operation.

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Read More about Jerry Cunninghams Conservation Plan

Reducing Sedimentation and Nutrient Runoff into South Reelfoot Creek Through MRBI in Tennessee

Obion County farmer Jerry Cunningham farms 207 acres in the South Reelfoot Creek Watershed. He has both row crop and livestock with several acres of cropland bordering Kilham and Reelfoot Creeks. Cunningham contacted the Obion County NRCS field office staff to get assistance on two in-field erosion spots and several smaller spots that were along creek banks.

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Harmon Jones Farm - Springfield

Springfield Producer Joins Conservation Effort

People are motivated for different reasons and farmers are no exception. Rabbits and bobwhite quail are Harmon Jones’ motivations. Harmon, a Springfield farmer, worked with the USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to enroll four tracts of his farms in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) because it offers a wide assortment of plans that can be tailored to meet a landowners’ specific needs. CRP is a good solution for creating or improving wildlife habitat on area farms.

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Belle Meadow Farm

Ensuring Biodiversity: NRCS and Farmers Improve Tennessee Water Quality

Recently featured as one of the most bio-diverse waterways in the United States by National Geographic Magazine, the Duck River provides drinking water for 250,000 people in Middle Tennessee. The health of this integral water supply depends largely on the quality of the many tributaries that flow into its waters throughout the mid-state. Belle Meadow Farms is a typical farm operation located along one of these tributaries in Bedford County. Charles Gavin and Mark McBryant, owner and farm manager of Belle Meadow Farms, saw the need to protect and improve 2-1/2 miles of Garrison Fork, one of the main streams running through their 599 acre beef cattle farm.

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1969 Flood Damage

Red Boiling Springs Watershed Dams Stand Up to the Test

On May 1-2, 2010 middle Tennessee experienced what has been called a 1,000 year flood event resulting in 21 deaths and causing more than 1.5 billion dollars of property damage. An average of 14 to 15 inches of rain fell in a two day period with some areas receiving as much 19.4 inches of rain. Amazingly the impact of this 1,000 year flood on the residents of Red Boiling Springs was nothing like the 1969 100-year flood.

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