The Coffee County Soil Conservation District recently hosted its annual awards banquet at the Coffee County Farm Bureau “Corral” meeting room to recognize farmers and landowners for the work they have done throughout the year to promote soil health and water quality.

Local farmer Jason Franklin was named the Conservation Farmer of the Year for his outstanding efforts in managing his farm to promote soil quality and health. Patricia Pinegar of Peoples Bank and Trust and Colt McClanahan of Farm Credit MidAmerica were on hand to present him with his award. 

Shawn Jones, of the Asbury Community, was presented the Young Conservation Farmer award by Bayer CropScience.  Sammy Morton, the Soil Health Farmer of the Year was awarded by sponsors Coffee County Farm Bureau, Summitville Grain and Feed, and Gary Moore of Southern Middle Tennessee Great Outdoors. Security Seed and Chemical was honored as the Partner in Conservation by Syngenta, for their support and help in conducting trainings at the local and regional level, as well as with trial plots to showcase the benefits of soil health. Three of the five Coffee County SCD Board of Supervisors were presented with length of service pins. Chris Anderson has served the District for 5 years, and Brent Willis and Ray Weaver have each served for 20 years.

Adam Daugherty, NRCS District Conservationist in Coffee County, was recognized for his efforts in promoting Natural Resource Conservation Service and Soil Conservation District programs, not only locally in Coffee County, but across the nation. He has been utilized as a speaker at such events as the National No-Till Conference, National No-Till on the Plains Conference and the Middle TN Grain Conference among many other events.  His passion for promoting conservation efforts that help the land and water have drawn many adult education groups, agriculture companies and agencies to the county.

The audience was honored to hear the following speakers, Congressman John Rose, Senator Janice Bowling, Representative Rush Bricken, County Mayor Gary Cordell, Clark Hollis of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Area Conservationist for Natural Resource Conservation Service, Leon Tillman.