Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960)

Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960) (HM10OD)

Location: Louisa, VA 23093 Louisa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 1.493', W 77° 59.84'

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Hugh Hammond Bennett, "the father of soil conservation," joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Soils in 1903. While conducting a soil survey of Louisa County in 1905, he came to understand the link between soil erosion and soil quality. Inspired by this insight, Bennett campaigned nationally for soil conservation. Congress created a permanent Soil Conservation Service within the USDA in 1935; Bennett was its first chief. It was renamed the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1994. Where others had failed, Bennett brought soil erosion into the public consciousness and made soil conservation a national priority.
HM NumberHM10OD
Marker NumberW 224
Year Placed2010
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 4:56am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 236901 N 4212817
Decimal Degrees38.02488333, -77.99733333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 1.493', W 77° 59.84'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 1' 29.58" N, 77° 59' 50.40" W
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Area Code(s)540, 804, 434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 212-226 State Rte 628, Louisa VA 23093, US
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