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‘Dirt’ digs into importance of soil conservation

Posted 04 Aug 2022

New Arkansas PBS documentary to premiere Sept. 1;

free advance screening set for Aug. 18

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS breaks through the surface to explore the living, breathing ecosystem beneath it in “Dirt,” a new documentary about the importance of soil conservation, premiering Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. and livestreaming at


As world population and food production demands rise, this film delves into how Arkansas farmers, ranchers and others are conserving their soil, water, air and other natural resources, improving their operations and helping the environment with sustainability methods from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to make conservation improvements to their land.


A free, advance screening of “Dirt” will be held Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Doors open at 6 p.m., and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Lacey Thacker and Sara Mitchell, authors of “Conservation in Arkansas Agriculture.” Copies of the book will be given away during the event.


Featured in the film are:


“‘Helping People Help the Land’ is what we’ve been doing at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service since 1935,” Arkansas NRCS State Conservationist Mike Sullivan said. “These success stories shine the spotlight on producers from across Arkansas who explain why they have implemented conservation practices and how they work on their land. These producers share their own conservation stories, and how practices are helping them protect and improve resources, how they save time and save money.


“It all begins with a conservation plan that NRCS offers at no cost. The plan is developed through the Conservation Technical Assistance Program to provide a blueprint to help producers achieve their objectives with personalized advice and information based on the latest science and research and to help them make informed decisions.”


More information about the film is available at


Major funding for “Dirt” is provided by the Pulaski County Conservation District and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arkansas.


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