The Soil Conservation Service was charged with developing a program to conserve and enhance the nation’s soil and water resources. It was originally thought that the Soil Conservation Service could manage the nation-wide program but during the initial two years of operation it became clear that the task needed local support and direction.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the problems of soil erosion in the nation in 1935 by establishing the Soil Conservation Service within the United States Department of Agriculture, through the Soil Conservation Act.

The mission of the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District is to protect, conserve and improve the quality of soil and water in Marion County through planning, technical assistance and education.

The Soil Conservation Service needed farmer’s help and cooperation to put together an effective program. In 1937, President Roosevelt asked all state governors to promote legislation to create soil conservation districts. This began a partnership that exists today.