Wisconsin’s Kaderly Earns National Recognition

The American Soybean Association congratulates this year’s regional winners of the 2024 Conservation Legacy Award.

  • Jacob Kaderly, Monticello, Wisconsin (Upper Midwest Region)
  • Brad and Joyce Doyle, Weiner, Arkansas (Southern Region)
  • Donald Morse, Birch Run, Michigan (Northeast Region)
  • Chris Von Holten, Walnut, Illinois (Midwest Region)

The annual ASA Awards Celebration will recognize the winners during Commodity Classic on March 1. During the event, one of the regional winners will be named the national winner.

The Conservation Legacy Award recognizes the environmental achievements of soybean farmers, which help produce more sustainable U.S. soybeans.

A national selection committee, composed of soybean farmers, conservationists, agronomists and natural resource professionals, evaluated nominees based on their on-farm environmental and economic plans and contributions to the conservation community.

Meet Jacob Kaderly, Monticello

Jacob Kaderly credits his passion for land stewardship to his father’s management practices on the family farm and his service on the Wisconsin State Conservation Board during the 1970s.

Today, no-till and cover crops are the foundation of Kaderly’s conservation legacy on his south-central Wisconsin farm.

“Every trip across the field costs you; it’s not good for the soil, and it’s expensive,” Kaderly says.

With a background as a certified crop adviser, Kaderly has the expertise to create a unique strategy of diverse practices to maximize long-term profitability and productivity on his farm. A fertility-focused approach has helped him reap the benefits of his efforts.

“I have seen better water infiltration, less erosion and better soil health,” Kaderly says of his practices. “Conservation and land stewardship are important for the future to produce high-quality food and to preserve the ability of the land to keep producing high-yielding crops.”