Ohio NRCS News
The Father of Soil Conservation Hugh
Hammond Bennett (right).
Born from the Dust -
The Dust Bowl refers to a series of dust storms causing damage to American
prairie lands from 1930 to 1940. During that time frame, America experienced
nearly 50 “black blizzards” a year. A typical dust storm lasted anywhere from
hours to days. The Great Plains states were most heavily impacted, but the
effects were seen in Ohio when prevailing winds would take giant dust clouds all
the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The devastation prompted Congress to create the Soil Conservation Service in
1935, a federal agency dedicated to taking care of our nation’s soil. The agency
later changed its name to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and
expanded its mission from reducing soil erosion to conserving all natural
Are you from Ohio and have a story to tell about the Dust Bowl? The
NRCS in Ohio would like to hear your story and think others might too. We
plan to develop a series of Podcasts to share the history of the Dust Bowl
era from the Ohio perspective and need your help. Call or e-mail
Chris Coulon, 614-255-2471.
We're looking for Ohio Dust Bowl Era pictures too!
Public Affairs Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
200 N. High Street, Room 522
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 255-2471
FAX: (614) 255-2549