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The New Jersey Department of Agriculture joins the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts (NJACD) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) in celebrating the 59th year of National Soil and Water Stewardship Week.

In 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. It is one of the world's largest conservation-related observances.

The program relies on locally-led conservation districts sharing and promoting stewardship and conservation activities. Districts provide conservation and stewardship field days, programs, workshops and additional outreach efforts throughout their community to educate citizens about the need to care for our resources. Many district activities extend beyond the one week observance to include an entire year of outreach.

Click here to view the proclamation.

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, visit your local conservation district or NJACD http://www.njacd.org/index.html