The Spartanburg SWCD's mission is to promote the wise and responsible use of our natural resources through education, demonstration, and technical services for the benefit of all citizens of Spartanburg County.
Hugh Hammond Bennett
World Soil Day
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) presents a documentary on soil conservation pioneer Hugh Hammond Bennett, the history of our agency and the birth of the private lands conservation movement in the U.S.
Please click on the following link to learn more about
Hugh Hammond Bennett : The Story of America's Private Lands Conservation Movement
NACD Joins International Year of Soils Celebration as FAO Issues Report in Conjuction with World Soil Day
As World Soil Day was observed last week, NACD joined with partner organizations at an event at the US Department of Agriculture to celebrate a successful International Year of Soils. Speakers at the event included Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller, South Carolina Farmer and NACD Soil Health Champion Carl Coleman, and Ajay Markanday, Director of the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Liaison Office for North America. The speakers mentioned the success of the International Year of Soils in raising awareness of the importance of soil to agriculture, the environment, and society. Many conservation and soil health leaders were in attendance.
The day after this celebration, the FAO released a report, The Status of the World's Soil Resources. The report highlights some of the greatest threats to soils, including erosion, lack of nutrients, salt accumulation, and soil acidity. It also discusses ways to promote soil health, including education, minimizing soil degradation in areas where people are most vulnerable, stabilizing soil organic matter stores. and investing in research and development. Click here for an article from FAO on the report.
For more information on the International Year of Soils, including posts about the themed months of the year, visit the NACD Blog.
(Photo Top): NACD CEO Jeremy Peters with producer and soil health leader Carl Coleman
(Photo Bottom): NRCS Chief Jason Weller speaks on the International Year of Soils
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