NBB congratulates 2011 ASA Conservation Legacy award winner

By | May 13, 2011

The American Soybean Association recently announced Ed Ulch and Brian Ulch as the winners of the 2011 ASA Conservation Legacy Award. The father and son pair from Solon, Iowa, grow soybeans, corn and hay on 2,300 acres. Ed Ulch is vice chair of the National Biodiesel Board.

The Conservation Legacy Awards Program is a national program designed to recognize outstanding environmental and conservation achievements by U.S. soybean farmers. Selection is based on each farmer's environmental and economic efforts on their farm. Judges look for dedication to the land through cropland management practices, farmstead protection, and conservation and environmental management.

Ed serves on the board for the Iowa Soybean Association as well as serving on NBB’s governing board.
“It is no coincidence that the biodiesel industry is linked so closely with a Conservation Legacy Award Winner,” said Don Scott, Director of Sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board. “Sustainability is one of the key principles of both agriculture and the biodiesel industry.”

The Ulchs have been leaders in the conservation farm movement in Johnson County, Iowa, and have served as leaders to other farmers in promoting the adoption of best management practices. The Ulches are committed to reduced tillage operations and have implemented no-till practices on their farm for nearly 20 years.

“These types of conservation practices and other advances in agriculture are leading to higher yields and lower inputs with the same acreage,” Scott added. “Biodiesel producers are already providing a very sustainable fuel and these advances in agriculture ensure that as the biodiesel industry continues to grow it will do so in a sustainable way.”

Along with the American Soybean Association, the Conservation Legacy Awards Program is co-sponsored by Monsanto and the Corn & Soybean Digest.

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