Terry named 2019 Conservation Farmer of the Year

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Timmy Terry has been named the 2019 Marshall County Conservation Farmer of the Year.

This award is part of a state program sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts (TACD) in cooperation with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), and the Marshall County Soil Conservation District. The program seeks to recognize individuals who made significant contributions to the conservation of the natural resources on their farm.

Timmy has been around farming all his life. A life-long resident of Cornersville, he began farming on his own there in 1993.

Timmy has a Black Angus cow/calf operation with a current total of 75 cows in a grazing rotation on 294 acres. In addition, he also produces and harvests 80 acres of hay each year for forage.

After recently retiring from Duck River Electric after 44 years of service, he is now able to operate his farm full-time.

To help with resource concerns such as soil and water quality degradation, Timmy participated in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in 2018.

Through EQIP, the following conservation practices were implemented on his farm: cross fencing, livestock pipeline, heavy use area protection, water facilities, and a stream crossing. The implemented conservation practices help facilitate prescribed grazing for his cow/calf operation. Timmy’s future goals are to fix a classic gulley through EQIP, and to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) where he will have an opportunity to receive annual payments for being a good steward of the environment.

By incorporating innovative conservation practices and ideas, Timmy has prepared his farm for the next generation.

Marshall County Soil Conservation District Chairman John Whitaker (left) presents Timmy Terry and wife Freda with the signage which will mark the Terry farm as the home of the 2019 Marshall County Conservation Farmer of the Year.

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