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April 18, 2014

Registration is open for Soil and Water Conservation Society 69th International Annual Conference ‘Making Waves in Conservation’

Soil and Water Conservation Society has released the preliminary program for the 69th SWCS International Annual Conference, “Making Waves in Conservation: Our Life on Land and Its Impact on Water,” and is now accepting conference registrations. The conference will take place July 27-30, 2014, at the Westin Lombard Hotel in Lombard, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. All are welcome to attend.

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2014 National Soil Conservation Week targets conservation agriculture

It’s a movement being felt around the world. Conservation agriculture is in the spotlight in Canada and internationally. Canadian farmers have been leaders in developing and adopting soil management practices that help anchor conservation agriculture. This effort will be celebrated during National Soil Conservation Week, April 20-26. And the progress it has generated will be highlighted as part of a special international conservation event that Canada hosts in Winnipeg, in June of this year.

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Mississippi Basin water quality declining despite conservation
National Geographic

U.S. federal scientists say water quality has declined in the massive Mississippi River Basin in recent years due to the combined effects of agricultural and urban infrastructure, despite decades of conservation efforts. That’s a concern both for those who rely on the river system and for those downstream on the Gulf of Mexico, where a huge “dead zone” hurts fishing and recreational opportunities.

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Boosting topsoil quality

Dan DeSutter asks a seemingly easy question: If you invested money with money managers who lost half of it, what would you do? Easy answer: They’re outta there. Swap money for soil carbon, though, and the answer is harder to face. That’s the U.S. soil carbon loss over the last 60 years, says the Attica, Ind., farmer. “Carbon is the key ingredient in soils,” adds Ray Archuleta, a Natural Resources Conservation Services conservation agronomist in Greensboro, North Carolina. “Soil organic matter is 58 percent carbon.”

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