I consider the soil conservation districts movement one of the most important developments in the whole history of agriculture.
In other words, the treatment must fit not only the needs and adaptabilities of the land but the needs and adaptabilities of the farmer as well.
Too many people have lost sight of the fact that productive soil is essential to the production of food.
Many farmers—most farmers, and that means millions—need some technical help in making the change to this more efficient, easier, and more productive type of farming, and they need also moral support and encouragement.
Soil has long been confused with land. It is but one part of land. For conservation purposes land must be regarded in terms of all its component parts: soil, slope, climate, susceptibility to depreciation by erosion, over-cropping or other processes of deterioration.
Carrying out an effective nationwide soil conservation program is not a simple matter in a large country of diversified characteristics and interests.
From every conceivable angle—economic, social, cultural, public health, national defense—conservation of natural resources is an objective on which all should agree.
Out of the long list of nature’s gifts to man, none is perhaps so utterly essential to human life as soil.
Take care of the land and the land will take care of you.
Essentially, all life depends upon the soil … There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.
Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.
The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.
Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication and his many accomplishments, owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.
What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one’s own land?
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.
To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.
Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land’s inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery.
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.
This land pulses with life. It breathes in me; it breathes around me; it breathes in spite of me. When I walk on this land, I am walking on the heartbeat of the past and the future. And that’s only one of the reasons I am a farmer.
It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil.
Soil is a living ecosystem, and is a farmer’s most precious asset. A farmer’s productive capacity is directly related to the health of his or her soil.