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

"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."

According to the NACD website, soil nurtures life and death; it is the foundation of cities, forests and oceans and feeds all terrestrial life on Earth. It is a substance that few people understand and most take for granted, and it is arguably one of the Earth’s most critical natural resources.

Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation and is designed to recognize the work of not only conservation districts and local and state governments but also private landowners who contribute to both water and soil conservation.

“Texas farmers and ranchers have a long history of voluntarily conserving the natural resources entrusted to them,” said Kirby Brown, Ducks Unlimited conservation outreach biologist. “Today, they produce more food, fuel and fiber on fewer acres using no more water than was used in the 1950s.”