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Oklahoma Cotton Council, OACD to partner on Stewardship Week


As part of their continuing commitment to help farmers, ranchers and other landowners protect and conserve our natural resources, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts and The Oklahoma Cotton Council, April 13, announced that they will partner in celebrating Stewardship Week in Oklahoma, April 26 through May 3.

"Stewardship Week is a time when we recognize the hard work agriculture producers and other landowners do to conserve our soil, water, air, wildlife habitats and other natural resources," Trey Lam, president of OACD, said. "It's important that we let folks know what we do to protect the environment as part of our farming and ranching operations. It's also important that we educate our fellow ag producers and other citizens on the importance of the stewardship ethic and the need to care for our environment. We are glad to have the Oklahoma Cotton Council working with us to do this."

Stewardship Week is one of the world's largest conservation-related observances. Since 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts and OACD have sponsored the national Stewardship Week program. During this week, local conservation districts will work with media outlets, communities, faith based groups and local schools to promote the concept of stewardship. This concept involves personal and social responsibility, including a duty to learn about and improve natural resources as we use them wisely, leaving a rich legacy for future generations.

"The Oklahoma Cotton Council is excited to be able to partner with the OACD to emphasize Stewardship Week here in Oklahoma," Harvey Schroeder, executive director of the Oklahoma Cotton Council, said. "The Native American proverb points us in the right direction when it says 'We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.' The responsibility for stewardship rests squarely on our shoulders."

"This is a great partnership, The Oklahoma Cotton Council and OACD," Clay Pope, executive director of OACD, said. "By working together, we can help ensure that all Oklahomans, both rural and urban, know the importance of protecting and conserving our natural resources. Farmers and ranchers were the first environmentalists and are the primary stewards of our natural resources, but we must stay vigilant and address the problems of today while avoiding the mistakes of the past. Agriculture producers work hard to conserve our soil, water, air, and wildlife habitats, but we still have more to do. We appreciate the help of the Cotton Council in telling the story of agriculture and helping us promote stewardship statewide."

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