Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week is an opportunity to recognize the important conservation practices that are at work on Iowa's landscape and bring attention to the ongoing efforts by farmers, landowners and urban residents to protect the state's soil and water resources. On Monday, April 29 Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation recognizing April 28 to May 5 as Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week.
"Soil and Water Conservation Week is a great opportunity to highlight the important work being done to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality in Iowa," says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. "It is vital that we preserve these resources that help make Iowa agriculture so productive and make it such a key driver of our state's economy."
During the "Dust Bowl" years of the 1930s, the first efforts to prevent soil erosion were developed. In 1939, Iowa passed a law establishing a state agency and the means for soil and water conservation districts to organize. Over 70 years later, the 100 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state are hosting a variety of events during Conservation Week to highlight the conservation work being done across the state. To see details of all events being held this week click here.
Conservation partners in Iowa join with state's Soil Conservation Districts to meet ag and environmental protection needs
The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship's division of soil conservation provides leadership in the protection and management of soil, water and mineral resources. The division also works with Iowa's Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout the state and private farmers and landowners to meet their agricultural and environmental protection needs, in both rural and urban landscapes. The state ag department's conservation partners include USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, and Iowa State University and many others.