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Tell us about conservation on your farm

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Conservation Legacy Awards. The  program showcases farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. Three regional winners and one national winner will be selected. The three award winners will receive an expense paid trip for two to the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio.

All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.

Winners will be selected from these three regions – the Midwest, the Northeast and the South. One of these award recipients will be named the national winner during the American Soybean Association (ASA) Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic.

All applications must be submitted by Sept. 2.


North Central Region SARE Grant recipients

Valentin Picasso at the University of Wisconsin has recently been selected to receive a $200,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, "Grazing Management of 'Kernza' Intermediate Wheatgrass as a Dual Purpose Crop."

Craig Ficenec at the Sand County Foundation in Wisconsin has recently been selected to receive a $197,678 grant from NCR-SARE for the project, "Advancing Cost Effective Water Quality Improvement in the North Central Region Through Farmer-led Engagement for Prairie Filter Strips."

Greg Lawless at the University of Wisconsin Extension has recently been selected to receive a $199,943 grant from NCR-SARE for the project, "Systems Approach to Food Waste Composting for Urban Agriculture."

Michael Bell at the University of Wisconsin's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems has recently been selected to receive a $199,246 grant fromNCR-SARE for the project, "The Fruit and Nut Compass: Developing a Tool and Guiding Principles for Diversified Farms."

This grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE's Research and Education Program which is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems.


First-Ever PrecisionAg® Vision Conference set

The Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture (CAPA), comprised of trade associations and organizations representing a diverse range of sectors within the agriculture industry, has announced its official support and endorsement of the first-ever PrecisionAg Vision Conference to be held October 18-20, in Phoenix, AZ.

The conference is designed to bring decision makers together to learn how big industries can work together to take advantage of the opportunities.

The PrecisionAg Vision Conference will provide a unique and valuable education and networking experience, bringing together some of the brightest agriculture leaders with technology and data experts from across the country to examine the big trends and technologies that will impact the ag industry over the next decade.