USDA Joins Global Partners to Kick Off International Year of Soils in 2015
Boise – The USDA joins nations from across the globe to kick off the International Year of Soils, an effort to highlight the importance of soil in everyday life. Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, addressed members of the 68th United Nations General Assembly, which designated 2015 for the yearlong celebration.
“We are pleased to work with the United Nations to help raise awareness and promote the importance of conserving our soil resources,” Bonnie said. “USDA is embracing this unique opportunity to tell the world about the importance of soil conservation and how we’ve worked with private landowners since 1935 to protect and improve this priceless natural resource.”
Congress established the Soil Conservation Service as a permanent USDA agency in 1935. The agency, now called the Natural Resources Conservation Service, works with farmers and ranchers across the country to protect soil and other natural resources on their land.
“Taking care of the soil resource is vital to sustainable agricultural operations and NRCS conservationists offer technical assistance to agricultural producers to ensure that sustainability,” said Jeff Burwell, NRCS State Conservationist in Idaho. “As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance.”
To learn more about the contributions NRCS has provided to the citizens of the U.S. and to the world, visit the newly created International Year of Soils webpage on the NRCS website.”