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New survey for soybean farmers ready

Monday, March 17, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Continuing the momentum of the highly successful national BMP survey, the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) is partnering with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in West Lafayette, and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) in Washington, D.C., to conduct a second Best Management Practices (BMPs) survey specific to Indiana Farms.

As with the national survey, the goal of the online survey is to collect information indicating the barriers to adoption of BMPs and nutrient management plans.

Results of the nationwide survey were recently gathered and analyzed and are overwhelmingly positive, indicating U.S. farmers are adopting conservation practices in high numbers.

"By collecting the same information on a state level, CTIC can identify which practices are most widely adopted and also address barriers to adoption within each state and region," CTIC Executive Director Karen Scanlon said.

"We will be able to assist producers in addressing the specific challenges they face at the local level."

To participate in the 10-minute survey, visit CTIC's website, www.conservationinformation.org, and click the link, "Indiana BMP Survey."

CTIC will collect information until April 15.

The ISA -- the state's soybean checkoff organization -- is working with CTIC to encourage Indiana producers to participate in the survey.

The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the profitability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers.

The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses and research.

ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA's 900 members.

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