NH Envirothon 2017 – Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship

NH Envirothon 2017 is here! The theme for this year is Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.

Training Day: Saturday, April 1, 2017 – location TBD
Competition Day: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – NHTI, Concord

Agriculture in the United States has been transformed since the early 1900s from production on small family farms to production in large, highly mechanized operations that involve increased chemical use and new technologies. While this transformation has had positive effects on agricultural production rates, there have been some significant costs such as groundwater and surface water contamination, soil degradation, aquifer depletion, and the deprivation of economic and social conditions in rural America. In recent years, there has been a movement in this country and elsewhere toward a more sustainable approach to agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is an integrated system of plant and animal production that protects natural resources, promotes economic development, and enhances society’s quality of life while making healthy food accessible.

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