The Paris Field Office was honored to have our Tennessee State Conservationist, Mr. Sheldon Hightower, along with our Area Conservationist, Mr. Curt McDaniel, visit with us on April 24th. After a welcome and brief discussion with our staff, Board Chairman, Don Norwood, and Vice-Chairman, Kevin Bomar, Mr. Hightower and Mr. McDaniel were taken on a tour of Henry County. The first stop on the tour was at the Inman Middle School Greenhouse. We were welcomed by IMS teahers and FFA sponsor, Carrie Jones and Allen Ashlock. The greenhouse was constructed through an educational grant funded by the Henry County Soil Conservation District and the Henry County Farm Bureau. The greenhouse will be used by the IMS students and the school's new FFA chapter. The second stop on the tour was at Moss Dairy Farms. Mr. Hightower and Mr. McDaniel met with the Moss's at their dairy farm and was shown several practices implemented through our EQIP program. The tour also traveled by several local fields currently enrolled in our EQIP program for soil health and they were able to view the cover crop in the fields. We would like to thank Mr. Hightower and Mr. McDaniel for taking the time to visit Henry County and see conservation at work!
The NRCS staff was invited to give presentations at the Earth Day Celebrations at two of our local elementary schools. Ron Harrison, Ryan Winchester, and Jason Scott demonstrated the rainfall simulator while explaining to students the importance of erosion control. The students were also excited to be visited by our very own Sammy Soil. We are always honored by the opportunity to talk to our local students about the importance of conservation and teach them how they can help protect the environment.