April 24, 2018

(Ankeny, Iowa – April 24, 2018)  Conservation professionals from around the world will convene in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 29 – August 1 for the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) 73rd International Annual Conference. (For the conference agenda, online registration and other information, visit www.swcs.org/18AC).

The theme for the 2018 conference is ‘Culture, Climate and Conservation.’ “The Society's Annual Conference is an event where conservationists from every sector gather to share the most recent discoveries on sustainable resource management,” notes SWCS CEO, Clare Lindahl. “While the natural resources we value and protect may vary from state to state and region to region, the lessons we learn from one another and the partnerships we form at this conference span geographies and disciplines.”

SWCS New Mexico Chapter President Wayne Robbie adds that because of New Mexico’s climate, water resource management will be an area of emphasis for the conference.Water is perhaps the most precious natural resource in the Southwest, so by necessity, water conservation practices used in agricultural systems, urban environments and natural ecosystems continue to evolve with ongoing research. The conference in Albuquerque will give scientists from other parts of the world new perspective on maintaining functional watersheds to support agriculture and the needs of municipal water users.”

The SWCS International Annual Conference is designed to provide a forum for conservation professionals to come together to discuss successes and challenges, combat shared obstacles, and accelerate conservation efforts. In addition to presentations from leading speakers in the conservation field, the conference agenda this year includes seminars on rangeland and forest restoration, as well as the use of technology to advance conservation. Attendees will also receive the latest information on conservation in organic crop production systems, community engagement in resource management, conservation economics and policy, and other current topics. Continuing education units will be available for certified crop advisors, professional agronomists, professional soil scientists/classifiers, professionals in erosion and sediment control, and others.

The presenting sponsor of the 2018 conference is Syngenta.



With more than 3000 members around the world, the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy.

The SWCS mission is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation.  We work to discover, develop, implement and constantly improve conservation practices and systems that sustain the productive capacity of the land while protecting environmental quality.

We pursue our mission through a combination of research, education and advocacy aimed at promoting state-of-the-art conservation practices and science-based conservation policy.


For More Information:

Clare Lindahl
Soil and Water Conservation Society
515-289-2331, ext.113

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