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Kansas Conservation and USDA Partnerships, Making History in Kansas

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Peoples Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, established by President Abraham Lincoln on May 15, 1862. To honor that milestone at the Kansas State Fair, September 7-16, 2012, several conservation agencies and organizations chose the theme of . The booth is located across from the butter sculpture in the Pride of Kansas building.

Fairgoers interested in natural resources conservation need to plan to stop at this booth and visit with conservationists, program specialists, foresters, and others. Learn about each agency’s or organization’s programs and how you can use them. When you stop by the booth, ask for an educator packet loaded with information about a variety of natural resources, posters that will brighten bulletin boards, and coloring books that help young ones learn about natural resources. Try the trivia board and learn more about Kansas conservation of natural resources. Don’t forget to browse the publications for information about trees, conservation programs in Kansas, and more. Take time to sign up for a chance to win a rain gauge. One is given away each day.

Those hosting the booth will be—The Kansas Conservation Partnership that includes the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD), and the Division of Conservation, Kansas Department of Agriculture (DOC). The Kansas Forest Service (KFS) and the Kansas Forestry Association/Tree Farm Organization will be joining the group again. Farm Service Agency (FSA) will join the group for the first time.

Special Conservation Educational and Entertaining Events

  • The Soil Guys—Mr. Soil and Clod, performances September 10, 11, 13, and 14, 11 to 11:30 a.m., Bretz Law Arena. Learn about soil in an entertaining and educational program.
  • The Soil Tunnel Trailer, Ag in the Classroom, September 7-16, Pride of Kansas Building. The trailer brings the world of soil to life. View the natural history of soil with 3-D worms, roots, other organisms, and much more. Go to www.soiltunneltrailer.com for a brochure.

The Web sites for those sponsoring the booth are as follows:

KACD—www.kacdnet.org
NRCS—www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov
DOC—www.ksda.gov/doc
FSA— www.fsa.usda.gov/ks
KFS—www.kansasforests.org
Tree Farm—www.kstreefarmsystem.org
Walnut Council—www.walnutcouncil.org