Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

April 29, 2014

Palo Pinto SWCD promotes Soil and Water Stewardship Week

Mineral Wells Index

— As a part of the Palo Pinto County agriculture community for the past 63 years, the Palo Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District wants to remind the public that everyone has a connection to natural resources.

The National Association of Conservation Districts is celebrating the 59th year of Stewardship Week, April 27-May 4. The 2014 Stewardship Week is themed, “DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil.”

Jon Johnson serves as chairman of the board for Palo Pinto SWCD. The district was formed to assist people in Palo Pinto County with the goal of educating and assisting the agriculture producers. During Stewardship Week, Palo Pinto SWCD would like to bring awareness to our agricultural roots.

“Soil is an essential natural resource that all of us depend on each and every day,“ says NACD President Earl Garber. “The Dust Bowl of the 1930s showed our nation the importance of conservation practices. Farmers and ranchers who have experienced recent droughts know that conservation practices are critical in helping their soil endure, even in the most challenging weather events. Your local conservation district is working with local landowners to assist in a variety of projects and outreach to improve soil health both now and in the long term.”

To find out more about local soil types, visit http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov or download an app for your smart devices called “soilweb” developed by the California Soil Resource lab in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Palo Pinto SWCD is a member of NACD, which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact Palo Pinto SWCD at 940-325-3961, ext. 3. Additional information about the “DIG DEEPER Mysteries in the soil” program and other natural resource education materials is available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org/education.