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Friday, March 27, 2015

Thompson and Lujan Grisham Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support Dirt

Thompson and Lujan Grisham Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support The International Year of Soils

Resolution Supported by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, and Ranking Member Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), have introduced H. Con. Res. 30, a resolution supporting the designation of 2015 as the International Year of Soils and supporting locally led soil conservation.

“Soil is perhaps the greatest single asset to agriculture and it is critically important that we do all we can to sustain it,” said Thompson. “This year marks 80 years since the Soil Conservation Act was signed into law. Designating 2015 as the International Year of Soils will raise awareness in support of healthy soil and best practices when it comes to conservation throughout Pennsylvania and the country,” Thompson added.

“I am proud to work with Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson on this resolution, which supports healthy soil and voluntary agricultural conservation practices through the designation of an International Year of Soils,” said Lujan Grisham. “Healthy soils are the building block of agriculture and are essential in order to protect and ensure food security, water quality, and healthy ecosystems. As a Representative from a state that is currently in a historic drought, I have seen how climate change and extreme weather events can adversely impact soil health. We must continue working together to protect this critical resource.”

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