The American Soybean Association (ASA) is now accepting applications for the 2009 Conservation Legacy Awards Program. Growers are encouraged to share their story of environmentalism and conservation with others by submitting an application to the program.

Three regional conservation awards will be presented — Midwest Region, Northeast Region and South Region. All regional winners receive an expense-paid trip for two to Commodity Classic in Grapevine, Texas, Feb. 26-28, 2009. Commodity Classic is the premier convention and trade show for the U.S. soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum industries.

At the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic, a national winner will be announced from among the three regional winners. All winners will be featured in an issue of Corn & Soybean Digest magazine.

In its seventh year, the Conservation Legacy Awards Program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of U.S. soybean farmers. Selection is based on each farmer’s environmental and economic program. Judges look for dedication to the land through cropland management practices; farmstead protection; and conservation and environmental management.

The American Soybean Association wants to acknowledge good stewardship of the land. The awards showcase management practices that are environmentally friendly and at the same time allow growers to reap economic returns from their farm.

Applications are in the mail to all ASA members or go online to http://www.soygrowers.com/Programs. A grower must be a member of the American Soybean Association to enter the Conservation Legacy Awards program. Join ASA online at www.SoyGrowers.com

Along with the American Soybean Association, this program is co-sponsored by Monsanto and The Corn And Soybean Digest.

For more information, contact: Kathy Grunz, ASA leadership & corporate development manager, e-mail: kgrunz@soy.org, phone: 800-688-7692, ext. 1301, fax: 314-576-2786, American Soybean Association, 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100, St. Louis, Mo. 63141