"Thou shalt inherit the holy earth as a faithful steward conserving its resources and productivity from generation to generation. Thou shalt safeguard thy
fields from soil erosion, thy living waters from drying up, thy forests from desolation, and protect thy hills from overgrazing by the herds, that thy descendants may have abundance forever. If any
shall fail in this stewardship of the land, thy fruitful fields shall become sterile stony ground or wasting gullies, and thy descendants shall decrease and live in poverty or perish from off the
face of the earth."
"The Eleventh Commandment" by Dr. Walter C. Lowdermilk, 1939.
Michigan Chapter members attending the 2016 SWCS International Annual Conference were (L-R): Hugh Brown, Past President, holding the Sustained Performance Award; Maureen Stine, Chapter President; Rachael Horn, 2015 Scholarship recipient; Dr. Alvin Smucker, Michigan State University; Jasmine Hughes,(non-member) and Kristin Esch, 2nd Past President.
The Sustained Performance Award recognizes one chapter for continuing excellence in overall programming over a period of more than two years.
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"There are national associations for the preservation of wild flowers and the preservation of propagation of wildlife, but not for the preservation of the soil. Conservation of this most fundamental and important of all resources is seldom seriously considered by anyone not directly or indirectly associated with the ownership or management of a farm, and is too infrequently considered even by the farmers themselves." 1928 Hugh Hammond Bennett, co-founder of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (formerly the Soil Conservation Society of America)
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