Mary Alexandra “Alex” Richman has been named Moore County’s 2019 Conservation Farmer of the Year. Richman was presented the award as the Moore County Soil Conservation District (SCD) hosted its annual conservation banquet Feb. 18.
The presentation highlighted her ongoing conservation efforts. For the past several years, Richman has participated in programs through Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Moore County SCD to establish trees, control invasive species, improve habitat for wildlife, and promote good forest management. She is currently serving as a forester with the Tennessee Forestry Association, working on outreach for the Elk and Duck River Watershed Buffer Initiatives in the area. The Initiatives promote planting trees along streams to improve water resources and wildlife habitat.
Richman is also associated with Cumberland Springs Land Company, where she works closely with foresters to implement proper harvest methods and manage timber production.
Members of the community were invited to an evening of presentations about conservation programs and highlights in conservation from the past year. Penny Stone, Moore County SCD Secretary, organized the event. A delicious meal was prepared by Barrelhouse BBQ, consisting of chicken and pulled pork, potato salad, beans, and desserts.
Guests were greeted by the Moore County SCD board members. Board Chairman Barry Stone gave the opening comments and introduced members of the District and local NRCS staff. Other guests included representatives from the UT Extension Service, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and the NRCS State Conservationist, Sheldon Hightower.
Following the meal, State Conservationist Sheldon Hightower presented conservation program information from 2019. The state and federal programs offered through the Conservation Districts and NRCS provide incentives to landowners looking to improve their land. He spoke highly of the conservation efforts being made across the state, noting that good conservation begins at the local level.
The evening concluded with a presentation given by Kevin Edge, NRCS District Conservationist for Lincoln and Moore Counties. Edge discussed the possibilities that conservation programs offer, and his presentation displayed many examples of improvements made on farms across the area. He also shared information about programs offered through federal and state resources, all targeting ways to address natural resource concerns for landowners. Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund provide financial aid to address resource concerns on private lands.
For more information about national and local conservation programs, contact Moore County SCD at (931) 759-7342, or the Lincoln County SCD and NRCS at (931) 438-2450, ext. 3 and visit the websites at www.nrcs.udsa.gov and www.lincolncountyscd.com.