The American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Gail Fuller, Emporia, Kan., with the 2013 National Conservation Legacy Award on March 1, 2013, at the ASA Awards Banquet, held during the Commodity Classic convention and trade show in Kissimmee, Fla.
The National Conservation Legacy Award recognizes the best of the best, as the national award winner is selected from three regional winners of Conservation Legacy Awards. Fuller was also the Midwest Region winner. Regional winners distinguish themselves through environmental and conservation practices that still allow them to farm profitably.
The judging panel deemed Fuller to be the standout among this year’s top regional conservationists. Fuller approaches conservation on his Kansas farm with a heavy emphasis on soil health, including continuous no-till, utilization of cover crops and maximization of microbes. In addition, Fuller says he is always looking for ways to reduce inputs. Fuller has been working to rebuild the quail population and has added a livestock component to his farm.
The Conservation Legacy Awards program is presented by ASA and sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, USB/Soy Checkoff and Corn & Soybean Digest. Other regional winners of Conservation Legacy Awards are: Roger Wenning, Northeast Region winner from Greensburg, Ind. and Jeremy Jack, Southeast Region winner from Belzoni, Miss.
Watch videos of each regional winner, and of Fuller, talking about his conservation efforts.