If you work with a soybean farmer who has a top notch conservation plan that he/she is following, then you might encourage them to enter the Conservation Legacy Award.

The award sponsors are suggesting to farmers what will impress judges of the program.

Have you moved beyond basic conservation tillage toward more sustainable practices like strip-till or no-till? Do you grow cover crops? Have you taken steps to reduce soil loss or improve water quality?

Explaining their accomplishments, may win farmers a Conservation Legacy Award.

All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award. The award recognizes U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through outstanding environmental and conservation practices, while remaining profitable. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management. Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.

Award Winners Receive:

• An expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans, La.

• Recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic.

• A feature on your farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.

New Potential opportunity to join other farmer-leaders on a trip to visit international customers of U.S. soybeans.

The Conservation Legacy Awards are sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto and the United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff.

More information on past winners of the award and how to submit your application is available here. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2015.