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Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960)

 
 
Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 6, 2012
1. Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960) Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 224.)
 
Location. 38° 1.493′ N, 77° 59.84′ W. Marker is in Louisa, Virginia, in Louisa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fredericksburg Avenue (Virginia Route 628) and School Street (Virginia Route T-1014), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the Louisa County Historical Society and the Louisa Arts Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 214 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa VA 23093, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles
Louisa Arts Center image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 6, 2012
2. Louisa Arts Center
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Louisa (approx. Ľ mile away); John Mercer Langston Birthplace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Patrick Henry's Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Louisa Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oakland Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Decisive Confederate Victory (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Contact (approx. 1.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2359 (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Louisa.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hugh Hammond Bennett. Wikipedia (Submitted on April 8, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Hugh Hammond Bennett: the Father of Soil Conservation. by Maurice G. Cook, Emeritus Professor of Soil Science, North Carolina State University (Submitted on April 8, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Hugh Hammond Bennett and the Creation of the Soil Erosion Service (pdf file). by Douglas Helms, National Historian, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA (Submitted on April 8, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Hugh Hammond Bennett (right), first Chief of the Soil Conservation Service image. Click for full size.
3. Hugh Hammond Bennett (right), first Chief of the Soil Conservation Service
Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS [NRCSDC01013]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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