Elliott: New program vital for agriculture

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Conserve Alabama.

That’s what the Alabama Soil & Water Conservation Committee is working to do.

On Wednesday, the organization will launch a new initiative to continue its mission of conserving the state’s natural resources.


Conserve Alabama is a campaign to increase awareness and engage a greater audience of those who believe in the noble endeavor of conserving the state’s natural resources so that future generation can enjoy the same Alabama the Beautiful residents currently know and love.

District Conservationist Josh Elliott said the new program is vital for the sustainability of agriculture in Alabama.

“It will be a networking tool for agricultural producers large and small alike to address the variety of environmental issues they face on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “It will pool the large network of conservation groups available for agricultural producers in Alabama together including the soil and water conservation districts as well as the Natural Resources Conservation Service.”

Katy Sulhoff, communications director for Alabama Soil & Water Conservation Committee said, “for 76 years, the (committee) has committed to promoting healthy soil, sustainable forests, drinkable and fishable water, clean water and abundant wildlife by connecting those who use and work the land to the education, technical know-how, and resources they need,” she said. “This stewardship revived the landscape and improved the quality of life for all Alabama citizens.

“As we approach a new and pressing challenge of a growing population to feed and clothe with decreasing farm land, through Conserve Alabama, SWCC seeks to support conservation education, small and urban farms and the farm to table movement across Alabama.”

A launch will be held Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery.