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Conservation Legacy Awards applications now open


If you want  to share the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation, you could be recognized with a Conservation Legacy Award. The Conservation Legacy Award recognizes farm management practices of U.S. soybean farmers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable.

Are you using a reduced tillage practice on your farm? Do you grow cover crops? Have you taken steps to improve energy efficiency or water quality? These are just a few of the conservation practices used on some farms today that can help produce sustainable U.S. soybeans. Different regions of the country have their own unique challenges and ways to approach conservation and sustainability. We want to hear your farm’s conservation story!

All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management, and sustainability.

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

Award Winners Receive:

  • An expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas.
  • A feature story and video on each award winner’s farm and conservation practices.
  • Potential opportunity to apply for a conservation grant to make further improvements to their operation.

The Conservation Legacy Awards are sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Bayer, the United Soybean Board/Soybean Checkoff, and Valent U.S.A.

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 Sept. 1, 2020.

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