On April 1st Independence County Conservation District and NRCS was able to meet with the Southside 4th graders about soil conservation and what it means to them. During this meeting Matthew Martin, NRCS Soil Conservation Technician presented a power point on the importance of the soil. Matt also did a demonstration with soil on with good cover on it and no cover on it. The demonstration showed the pan with cover had little soil loss, while the pan with no cover had excessive soil lost in the water.
With the help of Arkansas Department of Agriculture-Arkansas Natural Resources Division, Independence County Conservation District was able to provide a worm farm kit for each 4th grader. These kits will allow the students to see the work the worm does to help fertilize the soil, how they move, and live in the soil.