Celebrating Soil and Water Conservation Week

Kelly MarshallConservation, Soil, water

iowa-ag-deptIowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is highlighting this week, April 24 through May 1.  The state as designed this week as Soil and Water Conservation Week.  He is taking this opportunity to recognized the importance of conservation practices to Iowa’s agriculture.

“Iowans in our towns and on our farms continue to engage in water quality and soil conservation efforts. This week is an opportunity to celebrate all the work that has been done and highlight the efforts currently underway to prevent erosion and improve water quality,” Northey said. “It is vital that we preserve the soil and water resources that help make Iowa agriculture so productive and such a key driver of our state’s economy.”

Monday was a visit by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds to Iowa State Univeristy to see updates to the Nutrient Research Center.  Branstad also signed a proclamation recognizing the week as Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week.  Wednesday includes an update on the Iowa Water Quality Initiative Demonstration Projects, as well as a tour.  Thursday Northey will visit Storm Lake to hear about activities in the community.  He will also participate in a groundbreaking a the new Water Quality Initiative Urban project designed to convert old lime lagoons into stromwater treatment wetlands.

This event is held in coordination with the National Stewardship Week, sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts. The theme for this year is “We all need Trees.”

More information can be found at www.iowaagriculture.gov/conservationweek.asp.