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April 30-May 7 is Soil and Water Stewardship Week in SD





For Immediate Release: May 1, 2017
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073

***Note: This release contains links to audio***

April 30-May 7 is Soil and Water Stewardship Week in SD


PIERRE, S.D.-- April 30-May 7, 2017, is “Soil and Water Stewardship Week” in South Dakota. The 2017 theme is “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!”


The week is an opportunity to recognize the important conservation practices placed on South Dakota’s landscape and bring attention to the ongoing work by farmers, landowners and urban residents to protect the state’s soil and water resources.


“Soil is the starting foundation of all of the food we eat and making the connection back to the soil is so important,” says South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry (RCF) division director Bill Smith. “The next time you sit down to a meal, take a minute to think about where your food came from and the farmers and ranchers who helped produce it. As they work to produce food for the growing population, today’s farmers and ranchers are dedicated to using responsible land-management practices to ensure a sustainable food supply and healthy soil for future generations.” (***Download Smith1 audio here***)


“This week is an opportunity to celebrate all the work that has been done and highlight the efforts currently underway to prevent erosion, promote soil health and improve water quality,” said Smith. “It is vital that we preserve the soil and water resources that help make South Dakota agriculture so productive and a key contributor to our state’s economy.” (***Download Smith2 audio here***)


SDDA’s RCF division is a key partner in the protection and management of soil, water and natural resources. The division works with farmers, ranchers and other landowners to meet their agricultural and environmental protection needs, in both rural and urban landscapes. The department’s conservation partners include USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Dakota State University, SDSU Extension, South Dakota’s Conservation Districts and many others.


South Dakota’s Soil and Water Conservation Week is in coordination with the National Stewardship Week, sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit SDDA online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter. SD Ag Chat podcasts can be found http://sdda.sd.gov/news. You may subscribe to SD Ag Chat, free of charge, through Google Play Music, iTunes or from https://sdagchat.podbean.com/.


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