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Value of Agriculture in Bedford County

Below is the 2012 Census of Agriculture for Bedford County, Tennessee. 

Bedford County ranks first in the state for number of horses and ponies and the value of sales for horses, ponies, mules, burros, and donkeys.  We rank second in the state for value of livestock, poultry and egg sales, number of broiler/meat-type chickens and forage-land used for hay, haylage, grass silage and greenchop. 

Ag revenues generate over $107.3 million annually and economists estimate that amount will regenerate itself 7 times over, meaning agriculture sales create over $751 million combined in products, jobs, services, and tax revenue just in Bedford County.


The links below, share our belief in conservation.

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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.



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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.




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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.



newTACD Logox 3 5x3 5The mission of TACD is: Helping Soil Conservation Districts conserve and enhance the natural resources of Tennessee through education, leadership and advocacy.





Our History

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On September 19, 1933 actual operation of the Soil Erosion Service began.  Hugh H. Bennett transferred from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the U.S. Department of the Interior as Director of the Soil Erosion Service.  He was the first and only employee of the new agency on this date.  The following day Lillian Wieland entered on duty as his secretary.  From this beginning the agency’s growth was rapid and many thousands of people were employed during subsequent years. The first great dust storm was on May 11, 1934, originating in the “Dust Bowl” of the Great Plains area sweeping fine soil particles over Washington, D.C., and 300 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. 

On February 27, 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, recommended that states allow landowners to form soil and water conservation districts.

*On August 4, 1937, the first Soil Conservation District was organized in the United States.  Established in North Carolina in parts of Anson and Union Counties the district was named “Brown Creek Soil Conservation District”.

*Across the United States, nearly 3,000 conservation districts—almost one in every county—are helping local people to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources.

*More than 17,000 citizens serve in elected or appointed positions on conservation districts' governing boards. The districts work directly with millions of cooperating land managers nationwide to manage and protect natural resources.

*Among other things, conservation districts help:

· implement farm, ranch, and forestland conservation practices to protect soil productivity, water quality and quantity, air quality, and wildlife habitat;

· conserve and restore wetlands, which purify water and provide habitat for birds, fish, and numerous other animals;

· protect groundwater resources;

· assist communities and homeowners to plant trees and other land cover to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife, and beautify neighborhoods;

· help developers control soil erosion and protect water and air quality during construction; and reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts. 

*Information found on the National Association of Conservation Districts website: www.nacdnet.org

The Bedford County Soil Conservation District was organized on July 7, 1952 to assist landowners in conserving the county's soil and protecting its water resources.  Today, the District has broadened its scope of work to include the conservation and protection of all our natural resources.  The District partners with many agencies, departments, and universities to promote and establish wildlife habitat, pollinators, stream protection, soil health cropping systems, waste facilities, and more efficient livestock operations.  All of these efforts work together to enhance conservation and better the environment throughout Bedford County.


Bedford County Soil Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.



What is Soil Health?

The continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains and improves the living condition of plants, animals and humans.

What is the quickest way to improve soil health?

There are four keys to improving soil health:

  • Less Disturbance
  • Increase Cover
  • Increase Diversity
  • Have living roots all year

Can I pull gravel out of my creek?

You may be able to pull gravel from a creek, but only within guidelines of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  For more guidance call the TDEC office in Columbia at 931-490-3941 or visit their website:  www.tennessee.gov/environment/permits/arapgps

In what situations do I need a permit?

Most work on streams, stream banks, waterways, or drainage areas should be reviewed by TDEC.  If you have questions concerning permits you should contact the TDEC office in Columbia at 931-490-3941, or visit their website:  www.tennessee.gov/environment/permits/arapgps

Who do I call for a burn permit?

The agency to call for a burn permit is the Tennessee Department of Agriculture “Division of Forestry”, their number is 1-877-350-(BURN) 2876 or online: www.BurnSafeTN.org.  Burn permits are required from October 15 thru May 15 and at other times during certain weather conditions.

Where do I find soils information and aerial imagery for my farm?

The USDA-NRCS website provides aerial photography & soils information. http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov.

Where can I find floodplain maps for my property?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a great deal of flood information on their website. We have the ability in our office to generate maps for landowners with aerial imagery that has a flood plain map overlaid. Contact us to get a map of your property.

Who do I call when trying to locate underground utility lines (gas, phone, cable, electric, etc.)?

Before you DIG call “Tennessee One Call” at 811 or go to their website: www.tnonecall.com.  A person can be held liable for damages incurred if they dig and do not call Tennessee One Call.

Other Questions?

Please call our office at 931-684-1441 x3

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