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ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates Soil and Water Conservation Week

ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates Soil and Water Conservation Week

By Andi Anderson

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is currently celebrating Soil and Water Conservation Week, running from April 28 to May 5. This statewide initiative highlights the critical importance of soil and water resources in Iowa, not only for sustaining life but also for providing economic opportunities and enhancing quality of life for farmers, landowners, and urban residents alike.

The celebration underscores ongoing efforts aimed at improving soil conservation and water quality throughout Iowa while engaging the public in learning about the significance of conservation and natural resource stewardship. This year, Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week aligns with the national Stewardship Week, organized by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Expressing pride in the soil and water conservation programs, Jamie Benning, Assistant Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources at ISU Extension and Outreach, emphasizes the role each individual plays in safeguarding natural resources.

The programs cater to various audiences, including homeowners, farmers, conservation professionals, youth, and anyone interested in natural resources, offering timely information, research, networking opportunities, and learning experiences facilitated by knowledgeable specialists.

Billy Beck, an extension forestry specialist, underscores the importance of properly managing woodland and forest resources for soil and water conservation, advocating for programs like the Iowa Master Woodland Steward Program and Forestry Field Days.

Adam Janke, an extension wildlife specialist, highlights the Master Conservationist Program's role in connecting community members with conservation professionals, empowering them to make positive contributions to land and water conservation.

Catherine DeLong, extension water quality program manager, emphasizes programs like the Watershed Academy and Land Stewardship Leadership Academy, which equip conservation professionals with the necessary tools and knowledge to work effectively with farmers and landowners.

Various programs offered by ISU Extension and Outreach cater to different interests and needs, including Chronic Wasting Disease Ambassadors, Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Workshops, and more, covering a wide range of topics from wildlife conservation to private well stewardship.

The celebration of Soil and Water Conservation Week highlights the collaborative efforts aimed at preserving and enhancing Iowa's natural resources for current and future generations.

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