Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today signed a proclamation recognizing April 29 – May 6th as Soil and Water Conservation Week. Soil and Water Conservation Week recognizes that the abundance of our agricultural products and the quality of life we enjoy are dependent upon the proper use and management of soil and water resources.
Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week this year is being coordinated with national Stewardship Week, which is sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This year’s Stewardship Week theme is “Soil to Spoon” and is designed to focus the nation’s attention on the stewardship of our natural resources.
Today, Iowa is a national leader in the implementation of water quality and watershed projects, soil conservation and buffer programs. Iowa currently leads the nation in the continuous conservation reserve program buffer initiative with more than 600,000 acres. Iowa also has more than 60 active watershed and water quality projects across the state.
Kevin Griggs of Boone, representing Boone County Soil and Water Conservation, attended the ceremony on Tuesday.