Regional winners named for Conservation Legacy Awards

October 03, 2011

Program, co-sponsored by BASF, honors environmental, conservation achievements
The American Soybean Association (ASA) has announced the three regional winners of the 2012 Conservation Legacy Awards, co-sponsored by BASF. The awards honor U.S. growers with the most environmentally friendly and profitable farm management practices.
“We’re committed to helping growers be more sustainable and do more with less,” said Nevin McDougall, Senior Vice President, North America Crop Protection. “BASF is proud to honor and support the growers who will help us continue to feed the world as demands expand exponentially.”
The regional winners are:
Midwest: Ryan Speer of Jacob Farms (Sedgwick, Kansas)
Jacob Farms is a three-generation farm that was started in 1896 by Samuel Jacob, who came to America from Ireland. Speer came into the operation when he was hired as a farm manager and later became a partner. Today, Jacob Farms operates over 3,500 acres, about one-half of which are irrigated. In addition to grain crop production, the operation backgrounds feeder cattle in the winter. Jacob Farms maintains a high quality operation by continuing to adopt new farming techniques and practices and by bringing in talented and motivated personnel. Speer believes conservation is very important.
Northeast: Rodney Rulon of Rulon Enterprises (Arcadia, Indiana)
Rulon Enterprises is a general partnership engaged in the sustainable production of corn and soybeans. Rulon Enterprises has generations of commitment to protecting and improving the soil. The family has been aggressive in testing and developing no-till/cover crop production systems. Rulon Enterprises’ main products are non-genetically modified yellow-dent corn, yellow-dent corn and seed soybeans utilizing a 100 percent no-till production system since 1991. Rulon Enterprises believes conservation is a way of life.
South: E. Cullen Bryant of Bryant Farms (Dillon, South Carolina)
Bryant Farms is an innovative entity dedicated to addressing resource concerns that improve and/or compliment the farm’s conservation objectives including soil retention, reducing or eliminating nutrient contaminants reaching streams and rivers, improving the forest by reducing or containing wildfires and wildlife habitat improvements concentrating on improving the quail population. Bryant is a strong supporter and participant in the Conservation Reserve Program, the Environmental Quality Incentive Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program.
Speer, Rulon and Bryant will be featured in Corn and Soybean Digest and receive expense-paid trips to the 2012 Commodity Classic, where they will be presented their awards at the ASA Awards Banquet. One of them also will be named the national winner at the banquet, which will be held March 2, 2012.
The Conservation Legacy Awards Program is sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board and Corn and Soybean Digest. For more information, visit


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