Anniversary of FDR Signing Soil Conservation Act

On this day back in 1935, FDR signed the Soil Conservation Act which established the Soil Conservation Service. This service was designed to help control floods, protect public lands, etc.

This act also helped to give farmers subsidies for planting trees, vegetables or native grasses instead of planting commerical crops.

This was a big turning point for soil erosion. It brought the issue to the forefront of society and began to show people that things needed to change in order to prevent soil erosion. Only three years after FDR signed the Soil Conservation Act, soil erosion had dropped 65 percent.

While there is still definitely work to do, FDR took the initial steps to ensure that the topic of sustainability and conservation would be around for many generations to come.

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