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Kansas Conservation and USDA Partnerships Teaming Up at Kansas State Fair

Salina, Kansas, August 29, 2013—Since it was such a success last year, several conservation organizations and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies will again be teaming together to sponsor a booth at the Kansas State Fair. The booth is located across from the butter sculpture in the Pride of Kansas building. The Kansas State Fair will be held September 6-15, 2013.

Fairgoers interested in natural resources conservation should 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 may benefit from 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 youths learn about 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 include the Kansas Forest Service (KFS), the Kansas Forestry Association/Tree Farm Organization, Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the Kansas Conservation Partnership (Natural Resources Conservation Service [NRCS], Kansas Association of Conservation Districts [KACD], and the Division of Conservation, Kansas Department of Agriculture [DOC]). This year, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics will be joining the other agencies to enhance the partnership and to communicate with fairgoers interested in conservation and USDA!

The Web sites for those sponsoring the booth are as follows:
KACD—www.kacdnet.org
NRCS—www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov
DOC—www.kda.gov/doc
FSA—www.fsa.usda.gov/ks
KFS—www.kansasforests.org
Tree Farm—www.kstreefarmsystems.org
Walnut Council—www.walnutcouncil.org
Kansas Ag Statistics—www.nass.usda.gov/ks