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Wilson approved for drought relief program

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The Wilson County Soil Conservation District (SCD) has submitted a request to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) for funding to assist livestock producers to provide a vegetative cover and produce additional forage during the 2017 growing season.

The request has been approved for funding through TDA's Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund.

Livestock producers are urged to visit the Wilson County SCD/NRCS office to file an application. Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on Monday, March 6, and ending on Friday, March 17.

The Wilson County SCD is partnering with the NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service) and University of Tennessee Extension to assist producers in making decisions on their land pertaining to available forages and the potential need for additional forages to be planted. This program will be available to plant an annual forage crop to provide additional forages for the summer months.

The goal of the program is to specifically target fields that were affected by the drought of 2016. The Wilson County SCD and NRCS will work with producers by developing site-specific recommendations for their farms in a conservation plan. These plans will address forage production and availability, soil erosion and livestock health and sustainability.

To learn more, interested producers may contact the Wilson County SCD/NRCS office, located at 925 East Baddour Parkway, Suite 101, in Lebanon, at (615) 444-1890, ext. 3.

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