MOULTRIE — The National Association of Conservation Districts has announced the 2015 Soil Stewardship theme: “Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators.”

Soil Stewardship Week will be celebrated April 26 to May 3 and is a fun and educational learning experience for all students, according to a press release from the national association.

“Soil Stewardship Week helps remind each and every citizen of the power of each person to conserve natural resources and improve our world,” the press release said. “This year marks the 60th Anniversary of NACD Soil and Water Stewardship Week.”

The Middle South Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District is offering an annual essay contest for high school seniors from counties located in the Middle South Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District. These include Ben Hill, Colquitt, Irwin, Brooks, Crisp, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties.

Essays must be typed and also must incorporate this year’s theme: “Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators.”

The deadline for submitting the essay is Friday, May 1. Essays must be submitted by email to Luke Crosson at lcrosson@gaswcc.org. A first, second, and third place prize will be awarded from each county worth $25, $15, and $10 respectively.

The top winner from each county will go on to District competition. The District winner will receive a $75 prize and a full year tuition scholarship to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College sponsored by the Middle South Georgia Soil & Water Conservation District and the Abraham Baldwin College Foundation.

If you are interested in participating in the Essay Contest and would like to obtain more information — including the official rules — please contact your local Middle South GA SWCD supervisor or call Luke Crosson with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission at (229) 995-6001 or lcrosson@gaswcc.org.

For more information on NACD and pollinator resources please visit www.nacdnet.org.

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