Soybean growers win conservation awards
The American Soybean Association is pleased to announce the regional winners of the 2013 Conservation Legacy Awards program:
--Midwest Region Winner: Gail Fuller from Emporia, Kan.;
--Northeast Region Winner: Roger Wenning from Greensburg, Ind.; and
--South Region Winner: Jeremy Jack from Belzoni, Miss.
The Conservation Legacy Awards, presented by ASA and sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, USB/Soy Checkoff and Corn & Soybean Digest, recognize U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding environmental and conservation practices while continuing to farm profitably.
One of the three regional winners will also receive the National Conservation Legacy Award, to be announced on March 1 at the annual ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. All three regional winners will be recognized at the ASA Awards Banquet prior to announcing the national winner.
Gail Fuller approaches conservation on his Kansas farm with a heavy emphasis on soil health including continuous no-till, utilizing cover crops and maximizing microbes. He always looks for ways to reduce inputs. Fuller is working to rebuild the quail population and has added a livestock component to his farm.
Roger Wenning's conservation efforts on his Indiana farm include a commitment to soil health and no-till farming. He continually experiments with cover crops and evaluates for best results. Wenning has addressed drainage issues and made conservation buffers an integral part of his operation.
Jeremy Jack addresses conservation on his Mississippi farm first through water management, which then helps determine careful management of soil and nutrients. He utilizes one-pass tillage, input management practices and current technologies. Jack's farm is participating in a working-lands stewardship project.
To see videos highlighting conservation practices on the farm of each regional winner go to www.soygrowers.com/clap.
ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA's advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.