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ASA now accepting Conservation Legacy Awards applications

Deadline: Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.

Conservation practices are or should be a part of every farm across the country. That’s not a secret. But what may be a secret is the Conservation Legacy Awards.

The CLA awards recognize 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 conservation practices used on some farms that can help produce sustainable U.S. soybeans.

Different regions of the country have their own challenges and ways to approach conservation and sustainability. And no two farms are alike. So share your conservation practices and you could be recognized with a Conservation Legacy Award.

To take a look back at the 2019 winners, check out these stories: Doing it better-- and bigger; Soil Success; Caring for the Karst; and A touch of Prairie.

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 2020 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, Feb. 27-29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas.
  • A feature story and video featuring the award winner’s farm and conservation practices.
  • Potential opportunity for the national winner to join other farmer-leaders on an international trip to visit U.S. soy customers overseas.

The Conservation Legacy Awards are sponsored by the American Soybean Association (ASA), 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 Friday, Sept. 13.

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