Many people believe every week should be soil stewardship week. The official week declared and nationwide for Soil and Water Stewardship Week is next week, from April 29 through May 6. The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is encouraging districts across the state to engage in activities that will highlight what farmers and landowners do all year long to control soil erosion and protect the water quality of rivers and streams in Indiana.
Dee Dee Sigler, communications manager for the Indiana SWCD's, says this year's theme is short and to the point- it's 'Soil to Spoon.' The theme is set by the National Association of Conservation Districts, and applies all over the country. Hoosier Gene Schmidt, Hanna, is completing the second year of his term as president of NACD. He is a long-time supporter of conservation and a farmer in LaPorte County. He has also served as state president in Indiana of the IASWCD.
One way the Indiana SWCD celebrates national soil stewardship week is by holding up examples of farmers who have excelled in protecting their environment. Many have been designated as River Friendly Farmers through a program sponsored by IASWCD and joint sponsors.
The week covers two Sundays so that churches have more opportunities to participate. Churches have long been supporters of this unique week, with some ministers devoting sermons to soil and water stewardship. Other churches use bulletins for that week with the theme and information about soil conservation. You may also see soil and water conservation bookmarks, or if you're at a meeting with a meal in the next few weeks, the place mat may tout national Soil Stewardship Week.Be sure to do your part to honor our resources both next week and all year long.