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Rutherford County Soil and Water Conservation District

121 Laurel Drive

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Office (828) 287-4220 ext. 3
Fax (828) 288-4012
Office Hours
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday thru Friday
except Holidays


The Rutherford County Soil and Water Conservation District have three agencies working together as a partnership to assist with agricultural conservation needs. 
The NC Agriculture Cost Share Program (ACSP) primarily addresses agriculture’s
contribution to Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution by encouraging voluntary participation by the agricultural community. This approach is supported by financial incentives, technical and educational assistance, research, and regulatory programs. Best Management Practices (BMP’s) that are supported by the ACSP include vegetative, structural, and/or management systems that can improve the efficiency of farming operations while reducing the potential for surface and ground water pollution. The Division of Soil and Water (DSWC) implements the ACSP.
The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are a federally run programs that also help the agricultural community.
Missy York (email): NRCS and District Administrator/ District Educational Coordinator
Brandon Higgins (email ): District Administrator/District Technician
Albert Moore (email): Grazing Specialist(NRCS)
Stephen Banner (email): Soil Conservation Technician (NRCS)
Mike Sigmon (email): NRCS District Conservationist
NC Farm Service Agency: (828)287-4220 Ext. 2
NC Cooperative Extension: (828)287-6010