UPDATED 03.04.17 Andy Bensend brings home the NATIONAL Conservation Legacy Award. Congratulations, Andy!
We congratulate Andy Bensend of Dallas, WI, for being named Midwest regional winner of the 2016 Conservation Legacy Award. According to a recent release, he will be honored at the ASA Awards Banquet on March 3, 2017.
A national winner will be named at the banquet—so we wish Andy the best of luck.
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.”
Bensend attributes his success to has been to aggressively prevent loss of soil quality through erosion. To do this, he has reduced tillage significantly, and his goal is to avoid it entirely. He also relies on livestock waste to help correct deficiencies in soil quality.
Bensend also has “significantly increased the use of cover crops in his operation to achieve his objective [of improving soil quality]. 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’ according to the release.
Bensend wholeheartedly believes that a strong conservation approach can actively support the economic sustainability.
We congratulate Andy for this honor and wish him good luck at the ASA Banquet.