February 24, 2017

ASA Congratulates the 2017 Regional Winners of the Conservation Legacy Award

The American Soybean Association congratulates the regional winners of the 2016 Conservation Legacy Awards.Conservation

The Conservation Legacy Awards Program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievement of soybean farmers, which helps produce more sustainable U.S. soybeans.

Each winner will be recognized at the ASA Awards Banquet on March 3, 2017, at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. During the banquet, one of the farmers will be chosen as the national winner.

Andy Bensend, Dallas, Wis. (Midwest Region)
Keith Masser, Sacramento, Pa. (Northeast Region)
Matt Griggs, Humboldt, Tenn. (South Region)

The achievements of these farmers serve as a positive example for other farmers and helps produce a more sustainable U.S. soybean crop. This program is sponsored by ASA, BASF, Monsanto, Corn & Soybean Digest, the United Soybean Board/Soybean Checkoff and Valent.

For over 30 years now, Andy Bensend has been on an educational journey to developing an environmentally sensitive, yet highly productive, approach to farming.

A key to Bensend’s farming success has been the ability to restore productivity to land that has been depleted by erosion or other factors. “My strategy has been really quite simple,” Bensend said. “Number one is to reduce tillage. My goal is to eliminate tillage almost entirely. The second is to correct deficiencies. If we can use livestock waste, manure is a great way to correct some of those deficiencies.”

Bensend further explained that his next step is to restore soil quality. In the last five to seven years, Bensend has significantly increased the use of cover crops in his operation to achieve this objective. He also helped found a local group of like-minded growers in his area called Farmers of Barron County Watersheds, that helps promote use of cover crops and other valuable conservation practices.

“It is possible to be conservation minded and to do everything right from a soil quality and soil health standpoint without forcing yourself to operate at a loss,” Bensend said. He is convinced that a strong conservation mindset can actually boost the economic sustainability of a farm.

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Groups Congratulate Scott Pruitt on Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Scott PruittToday, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response to Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, issued the following statement:

“We congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation as Administrator of the EPA. We look forward to working with him to carry out President Trump’s strong commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and the issues crucial to the success of the American ethanol industry.

“America’s ethanol producers and supporters were instrumental in helping bring President Trump into the White House and are counting on his leadership to protect home-grown domestic energy security. We are confident that Administrator Pruitt and his team recognize the important role the ethanol industry plays in supporting American jobs, fostering a vibrant rural economy, and giving American consumers access to 21st century fuels for their 21st century vehicles.”

The National Pork Producers Council congratulates Scott Pruitt on his confirmation as EPA administrator. He’s a champion for American agriculture who relies on science and supports the rule of law in advancing common sense regulations that will protect our environment without overburdening farmers.

“As Oklahoma attorney general, he struck a balance between protecting the environment and protecting the livelihoods of farmers and business owners. Everyone, particularly farmers, wants to have clean air and water and to preserve and protect our natural resources. But you don’t achieve those goals by piling regulations on the very people who are the stewards of the land, air and water. Scott Pruitt understands that, and that will serve him well as EPA administrator.”

National Sorghum Producers is excited to work with Scott Pruitt who was confirmed today as the new administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.

“National Sorghum Producers congratulates Scott Pruitt on his new position with the EPA,” said Tim Lust, National Sorghum Producers CEO. “We look forward to working with Pruitt on current and future regulations that affect sorghum farmers and our industry nationwide.”

Pruitt has been the Attorney General of Oklahoma since November 2010. As administrator for the EPA, Pruitt will oversee all environmental regulations and programs that protect the environment and human health. NSP will work closely with Pruitt and the EPA on regulations such as fuel pathways, pesticide regulations and registrations, and the Waters of the U.S. rule.

 

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Single-Day Registrations Available for Commodity Classic in San Antonio

Ed Erickson, Jr., a North Dakota farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic, said that, even if you only attend for one day — Commodity Classic is very much worth the investment.ed-erickson-jr

One-day registration provides admission to all applicable events and educational sessions scheduled for that day including educational sessions, the trade show, the AG CONNECT Main Stage on the trade show floor, and other daily activities.

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Registration is available in advance at www.CommodityClassic.com and on-site during the event.

Thursday registration includes a wide range of educational sessions and technical presentations, the Early Riser session on grain marketing, the grand opening of the huge trade show and the fiesta reception on the trade show floor, and programming on the AG CONNECT Main Stage on the trade show floor.

Friday registration includes the General Session featuring inspirational speaker John O’Leary and other on-stage presentations, the early morning live taping of U.S. Farm Report, trade show access, the AG CONNECT Main Stage programs, and a wide range of educational sessions and technical presentations. Attendance at the association banquets for the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association is available at an extra charge, providing space is still available.

Saturday registration includes Early Riser sessions, educational sessions and technical presentations, trade show access, programming on the AG CONNECT Main Stage including special “Salute to Women in Ag” presentations, the closing learning center session, and admission to the Evening of Entertainment featuring country music star Pat Green. The trade show closes at noon that day.

Registration fees vary depending on the day you choose to attend. Full registration is also still available, and covers all three days of the event. Members of the sponsoring commodity associations receive additional discounts on both full and one-day registrations.

All registration and housing reservations should be made online at www.commodityclassic.com. Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic.  Check the website for a listing of the official Commodity Classic hotels to secure your hotel accommodations.

The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.

A detailed schedule of events is also available on the website.

Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

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