“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dodge Center in Dodge County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)


Plowville Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Plowville Marker
Inscription. The First National Soil Conservation District Field Day and Plow Matches were held here on September 6, 1952. Over 125,000 spectators saw demonstrations of new methods and new techniques for soil conservation during the event. The presidential candidates for the 1952 election spoke here on the importance of agriculture. Both Adlai Stevenson and Dwight D. Eisenhower acknowledged that the future of the country depended on the preservation of soil and water resources. The event was held because of actions begun in the 1930s. The U.S. Congress had enacted the Soil Conservation Act in 1935, in response to the dust storms and floods that ravaged the country because of drought and poor land management practices. The legislation led to the creation of a partnership between governmental agencies, states, and individuals to address a broad range of resource concerns. They ranged from erosion control, contour plowing, flood prevention, water quality, wetlands, and wildlife, to recreation and community development. Today there are over three thousand conservation districts covering 98% of the privately owned land in the 50 states and Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. Within Minnesota there are 91 Soil and Water Conservation Districts that generally follow the borders of the county in which they are located.
Erected 1995 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Location. 44° 1.809′ N, 92° 48.431′ W. Marker is near Dodge Center, Minnesota, in Dodge County. Marker is on County Highway 34 (County Highway 34), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located 2 miles west of Kasson, Minnesota, on Dodge County 34 (Main Street in Kasson). Marker is in this post office area: Dodge Center MN 55927, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wasioja's Seminary (approx. 3.2 miles away); Wasioja Recruiting Station (approx. 3˝ miles away).
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