Soil and Water Conservation Society

Mississippi State University Students Chapter

Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization — founded in 1943— that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy. SWCS has over 5,000 members around the world. They include researchers, administrators, planners, policymakers, technical advisors, teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers. Our members come from nearly every academic discipline and many different public, private, and nonprofit institutions.

SWCS chapters throughout the United States and Canada conduct a variety of activities at local, state, and provincial levels and on university campuses. These 75 chapters represent the grassroots element of the organization. Each chapter elects its own officers, organizes conservation forums, and formulates local recommendations on land and water conservation issues.


Our mission is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Our work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources on working land—the land used to produce food, fiber, and other services that improve the quality of life people experience in rural and urban communities. We work to discover, develop, implement, and constantly improve ways to use land that sustains its productive capacity and enhances the environment at the same time.

We pursue our mission through a combination of research, education, and advocacy. Our ongoing activities and special projects are designed to:

  • Improve the practice of conservation by fostering the development of state-of-the-art conservation practices and systems.
  • Improve conservation policy by bringing science and professional judgment to bear in shaping local, state, provincial, and federal policy.
  • Enhance the capabilities of conservationists through training and professional development.
  • Sustain the ethic and spirit of professionalism among conservationists through networking and mutual support.

Five reason to become a Soil and Water Conservationist at MSU

Join over 5,000 members around the world, who represent every component of the conservation movement: academics, technical advisors, managers, educators and advocates. The reasons are unlimited, here are the top 5.

  1. Become a member of a very dynamic, very involved, very knowledgeable and friendly organization. Opportunities to network with and learn from professionals from many disciplines through local, regional, and international meetings.
  2. Active support from professional chapters allows us as future employees to network and interact with seasoned professionals.
  3. Community Involvement is a priority for our SWCS - MSU Students Chapter because this is where we will work and where we live.
  4. New Partnerships are the key to get firsthand opportunities to learn about different areas of the state and the country, new conservation techniques and just get-together with a diverse group of conservationists.
  5. Educational Opportunities are available through the SWCS and beyond to receive training and seminars associated with soil, water, and other natural resources sustainability with the latest in conservation technology and practices.

Contact Info

SWCS - MSU Students Chapter
250 Hardy Rd Box 9546
2052 Rula Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9546

P 662.325.9885 `

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