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Northey announces Soil and Water Conservation Week

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- This week is Soil and Water Conservation Week. Gov. Chet Culver signed a proclamation recognizing the 100 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state for their hard work and dedication to Iowa's land and water resources.

"Soil and Water Conservation week is a time to celebrate the partnership between state and federal agencies, local organizations, and land users who work to protect soil and water quality throughout the state," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said. "In an expression of Thanksgiving, we commemorate Iowa's rich soil and vast landscape that has made our state one of the most productive areas for food and livestock production in the world."

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's farm commodity producers are harvesting the bounty of the rich soils of this great state.

Iowa's conservation partnership through the locally-led efforts of soil and water conservation districts will be a focal point for flood recovery and improved storm water management. For nearly 70 years Iowa's 100 soil and water conservation districts have worked in partnership with Iowa land users, organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies for this purpose.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's Division of Soil Conservation (DSC) is responsible for state leadership in the protection and management of soil, water and mineral resources, assisting soil and water conservation districts and private landowners to meet their agricultural and environmental protection needs. They partner with the state's 100 Soil and Water Conservations Districts, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Iowa State University to make these projects happen.

Northey, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake is serving his first term as Secretary of Agriculture. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are the opportunities in renewable energy, conservation and stewardship, and telling the story of Iowa agriculture.

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