The Objectives of the South Dakota Chapter
To promote and advance all phases of the science of conservation of soil, water, and related renewable natural resources.
To provide a medium for exchange of facts, experience.
To represent, advance, and protect the standards of the science of soil and water conservation.
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"Take Care of the land and it will take care of you" - Hugh Hammond Bennett, known as "Father of Soil Conservation" and Founder of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
"More soil research needs to be carried out at the landscape scale." Dr.David Lobb, University of Manitoba, Tillage: Implications For Soil and Water Conservation Practices, Presentation at 2018 SDSWCS Annual Meeting.
"Every landowner should adopt for his land a system of farming that is permanent- a system under which the land becomes better rather than poorer" - Professor C.G. Hopkins, South Dakota State University Graduate, 1910.
"Dr. Hopkins, A South Dakotan, gave his life in the conservation and improvement of soils. Surely we should not allow his labor to be in vain" - Professor J.G. Hutton, South Dakota State University, Jan. 14, 1929.
"The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life." - Wendell Berry
" The soil is alive." Dr. Don Reicosky, Soil Scientist, Emeritus, Soil Carbon Management Presentation at 2018 SDSWCS Annual Meeting.