Applying stellar stewardship practices on your farm? Then now's the time to enter the 2004 Conservation Legacy Award contest. The American Soybean Association (ASA), Monsanto and The Corn And Soybean Digest are seeking nominations to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of U.S. soybean farmers.

Any ASA member who actively farms, including an individual farmer or farm family, is eligible to receive the Conservation Legacy Award. One ASA member actively engaged in soybean production will be selected from each of the following four regions: Western, Southern, Midwestern and Northeastern. One national winner will be selected from the regional winners, based on the nomination form and on-farm visits to each regional winner's farm.

“This program allows us to show the non-farming public just how concerned we are and how progressive modern farming has become,” says Ron Heck, ASA president.

Application forms are available by calling 800-688-7692 or by checking on ASA's Web site, www.soygrowers.com (under “activities,” click on Conservation Legacy Award).

All four regional winners and a spouse/guest will receive a trip to Commodity Classic, the annual joint convention of the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association, March 2-4, 2004, in Las Vegas, NV. The national winner will also receive a plaque and yard sign.

Completed applications are due at ASA by October 3, 2003.