Ludeman Named Conservationist of the Year
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased to name Sander (Sandy) and Peggy Ludeman of Tracy, Minnesota, “Conservationist of the Year.”The Ludemans were selected from four regional winners as a part of ASA’s 2002 Conservation Legacy Award Program, a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of U.S. soybean farmers. Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by Monsanto and Soybean Digest, an INTERTEC/PRIMEDIA publication.Sandy and Peg of SanMarBo Farms embody the essence of the Conservation Legacy Award. A legacy is something handed down to you, or something you pass on to another. For the Ludemans, it has been both. They are not only great conservationists and lands stewards but also outstanding leaders.The Ludemans have planted over 2,000 trees on their three farmsteads and have built several ponds used as water retention projects. In addition, they have practiced minimum tillage since the 1960s. Wildlife efforts are also key, and the Ludemans have seen stands of wild turkey re-established. Their operation also supports deer, pheasants, red-tail hawks, blue herons, mallard and wood ducks.Sandy and Peg Ludeman were awarded the first annual Conservationist of the Year award on Thursday, February 21, 2002 during the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to an expense-paid trip to the show, they received a plaque and yard sign, and will serve on next year’s selection committee.