WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Ohio Soybean Association board member and soybean farmer from Marion County, John Buck, was announced as the national winner of the American Soybean Association’s 2009 Conservation Legacy Awards during the Commodity Classic Awards Banquet.
Before the banquet, he was named the 2009 Northeast Regional Conservation Legacy Award winner.
The Conservation Legacy Awards recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of U.S. soybean farmers who rise to this calling and distinguish themselves by taking care of the environment while still reaping economic returns from their farms.
Three regional producers are recognized for their stewardship efforts, and from this group of three, a national winner is chosen and announced during the banquet.
Buck grows soybeans, corn and wheat on Buck Farms near New Bloomington. He incorporates integrated pest management, sprayer calibration soil sampling, pesticide reduction and nutrient management as just some of the practices on his farm in an effort to protect the environment.
He has been 100 percent no-till for the past four years, and maintains woodland, windbreaks, pasture land and other areas for wildlife.