THE AMERICAN Soybean Association, Monsanto and The Corn and Soybean Digest magazine are seeking nominations for the 2005 Conservation Legacy Awards. The Conservation Legacy Program is a national awards program that recognizes outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of U.S. soybean farmers.

Any ASA member who actively farms, either an individual 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 visits to each regional winner's farm.

Producers interested in receiving the award must complete an application form. Application forms have been mailed to ASA members. Forms are also available by calling 800-688-7692 and on ASA's Web site, www.SoyGrowers.com.

A national selection committee of soybean farmers, environmentalists, soybean industry representatives and government officials will judge applications.

“The Conservation Legacy Awards communicate what U.S. farmers are doing to conserve land and promote natural resources stewardship,” said Neal Bredehoeft, president of ASA.

All four regional winners and a spouse or guest will receive trips to Commodity Classic, the annual joint convention of the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association, Feb. 24-26, in Austin, Texas.

The regional winners will be featured in a special article in The Corn and Soybean Digest.

The national winner will be named at the ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic.

Completed applications are due to ASA by Oct. 1.