The State Conservationist for Illinois’ Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) received his agency’s budget late last week, and “all in all I think it’s going to be a good budget.”

“I think it’s going to be a good year for conservation,” Ivan Dozier said during a recent visit with RFD Radio Network.

In addition to explaining the budget, Dozier discussed the history of NRCS and soil and water conservation districts.

“NRCS has been around for a long time and the same process that formed the NRCS back in the 1930s, they decided it was a good idea to have local farmers helping guide these federal programs,” he said.

Soil and water conservation districts then began popping up in the 1930s and 1940s.

“Those districts are led by locally elected landowners, most of them farmers,” Dozier said. “They volunteer their time.”

He travels to many of the districts and will be in Lawrenceville this week.

“It’s their 75th anniversary,” Dozier said. “Seventy-five years is a long time to do anything, but when you’re talking about conservation and these volunteer farmers that have spent all of this time and effort it’s just tremendous to have a partner like these soil and water conservation districts.”