Steve Berger from Wellman, Iowa received the 2015 National Conservation Legacy Award, designed Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by BASF Crop Protection, Monsanto, Corn & Soybean Digest magazine and the United Soybean Board/Checkoff.
ASA presented Dr. Jim Specht, emeritus professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with the Special Meritorious Service Award for his work leading to major advancements in the soybean industry, including findings that an earlier planting date was crucial to achieving higher soybean yields. He was instrumental in DNA sequencing for generating higher seed yields and a leader in water management research and soybean yield response.
Finally, Harvey Morken, of Casselton, N.D., was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award which honors individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and dedication to ASA and helped further the interests of soybean farmers. Morken’s dedication as a membership recruiter helped the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association increase membership enough to receive a second national director on the ASA Board for 2015.