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Conservation-minded soybean growers

SOYBEANS POSTED another record year in Mississippi with an estimated 2011 value of 860 million holding their spot as the statersquos most valuable row crop
<p> <em>SOYBEANS POSTED another record year in Mississippi with an estimated 2011 value of $860 million, holding their spot as the state&rsquo;s most valuable row crop.</em></p>

Are you a soybean grower who excels in environmentally friendly conservation practices?

The American Soybean Association is looking for this year’s winners of its Conservation Legacy Awards program, which is open to all U.S. soybean farmers. The application deadline for the program is Sept. 30.

We’re in the midst of harvest and time is in short supply, but if your farm management practices are environmentally friendly — reduced-tillage systems such as no-till, strip-till, minimum-till or other conservation practices — and profitable, make time to apply.

The awards are sponsored by Monsanto and Penton Media’s Corn & Soybean Digest magazine.

The program recognizes winners from three regions: Midwest, Northeast and South.

Last year’s regional winners were Josh Lloyd, Clay Center, Kans.; H. Grant Troop, Oxford, Pa.; and Malcolm Oatts, Hopkinsville, Ky. Lloyd was also the national winner.

Each regional winner of this year’s program will receive an expense-paid trip for two to Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla., March 3-5, 2011, where the regional winners and national winner will be recognized at an ASA banquet.

The three winners will be featured in an issue of Corn & Soybean Digest magazine.

To learn more about the Conservation Legacy Awards program, its regions and to download an application online, go to

For more information, contact ASA Project Manager, Byron Keelin at (314) 754-1355 or e-mail [email protected].

Have some good conservation ideas to share? Know a farmer who is doing an especially good job of protecting the environment?

Tell us about them in the comments section below.

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