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Soil and Water Stewardship Week under way in state

PIERRE — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed this week as Soil and Water Stewardship Week, through Sunday, in South Dakota.

“Conservation touches your daily life in many profound ways,” said Bill Smith, South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Conservation program administrator in Pierre. “Soil and water provide us with the food that we eat, much of the clothing that we wear, building materials for our homes, and clean water for us to drink, bathe and use for many purposes.”

This year’s theme is “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.” Soil makes up the outer layer of our planet’s surface and provides a complex food web for fungi, protozoa, earthworms, bacteria and other microorganisms to recycle water and nutrients. “In short, soil provides us with the basis of life on Earth,” said Smith.

To find out more about soil types, visit http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov. An app is available for smart devices, called “soilweb,” developed by the California Soil Resource Lab in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

— Source: SDSU Extension

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