Conservation Legacy Awards Program Applications Due Soon. Don't Delay!

Randy and Nicole Small are sixth-generation farmers and raise soybeans, corn, wheat, clover and run a 400-head cow-calf operation near Neodesha, Kan. Exclusively continuous no-till since 1999, the Smalls save on both fuel and labor through reduced tillage. The couple was one of the four recipients of the 2020 Conservation Legacy Awards. ( File Photo )

Do you use conservation practices on your farm to produce soybeans? If so, you could be one of the 2021 Conservation Legacy Award winners – you just need to submit an application for consideration to the American Soybean Association (ASA) no later than Sept. 11, 2020.

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The ASA recognizes that conservation practices in the U.S. take many different forms – from cover crops to various tillage practices and efficient water use, to name just a few. The award takes into consideration that such practices must be both environmentally friendly and profitable. Today’s farmers must have both to be sustainable.

The selection process for the awards program is divided into four regions — the Midwest, Upper Midwest, Northeast and the South. One farmer from each of these regions will be recognized at the 2021 Commodity Classic, and one of them will be named the National Conservation Legacy Award recipient.

A national selection committee, composed of soybean farmers, conservationists, agronomists and natural resource professionals, evaluated nominations based on each farmer’s environmental and economic program. The achievements of these farmers serve as a positive example for other farmers and help produce a more sustainable U.S. soybean crop.

The awards program is sponsored by ASA, BASF, Bayer, the United Soybean Board/Our Soy Checkoff and Valent.

Award winners receive:

• An expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio.

• A feature story and video on each award winner’s farm and conservation practices.

More information on past winners of the award and how to submit your application is available in the “About” section under “Awards” on the ASA website. All applications must be submitted by end of day Sept. 11.