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President and General Manager
Andrew Farms, Inc.
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American Soybean Association
Iowa Soybean Association
EPA FRRCC Federal Advisory Committee Meeting American Soybean Association
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Member, First-Ever National Agricultural Advisory Board
James O. Andrew - Jefferson, IA, Greene County
Jim is president and general manager of Andrew Farms Inc. He has served as a director and officer in the Iowa and National Corn Growers Associations, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, U.S. Grains Council, Iowa Soybean Association and American Soybean Association during his 34-year farming career. He has leveraged these positions to promote farm policy and conservation issues worldwide. In addition to scoring in the top tier of the federal Conservation Security Program, Jim was named the 2007 national "Conservationist of the Year" in the Conservation Legacy Award program, sponsored by the Corn and Soybean Digest, Monsanto and the American Soybean Association. As a member of the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors, he presently serves as chairman of the Environmental Programs and Services Advisory Committee.
James O. AndrewPresident and General ManagerAndrew Farms, Inc.
URBANDALE, Iowa - While continuing with efforts to strengthen relations with the agriculture community, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson announced Wednesday the appointment of 30 individuals, including James O. Andrew of Jefferson, to serve on the EPA's newly formed Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee.
"The formation of this committee is an important breakthrough for the agriculture community," says Andrew. "I am honored for the opportunity to serve in this capacity as we work cooperatively with the EPA to benefit both agriculture and the environment." A fifth generation Iowa farmer, Andrew is president and general manager of Andrew Farms, Inc. He currently serves as a director of both the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and the American Soybean Association (ASA). He has also served as a director of the U.S. Grains Council, the National Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.
James O. AndrewAndrew Farms, Inc.James Andrew was named the 2007 Conservationist of the Year at the ASA Banquet at Commodity Classic in Tampa, Florida.Andrew, 2007 Midwest Regional Winner, was selected from the four regional winners as part of ASA's 2007 Conservation Legacy Awards Program.The Conservation Legacy Awards is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of U.S. soybean farmers.Along with the American Soybean Association (ASA), the program is co-sponsored by Monsanto and The Corn And Soybean Digest. Founded in 1975 from three "Iowa Century Farms" and acquired lands, Andrew and his father embarked on an intense program of annual tile outlet terrace construction to protect the highly erodible land in their operation."Conservation is a 'way of life' in our operation as we strive to improve and make our existing farmland more profitable rather than investing in additional acres," said Andrew."No stone goes unturned or not given full consideration in this effort to meld our production goals with the highest of soil and water conservation standards."Andrew practices 100 percent no-till on his farm.Since participating in on-farm nitrogen research since 1998, Andrew has adopted a spring-only anhydrous ammonia application program.He keeps all herbicides and pesticides in locked buildings with concrete floors.Excess chemicals are stored in a heated container to prevent freezing and container breakage.He maintains three farm ponds with grassed, wooded areas for fish, game and wildlife habitat.Ponds have Canadian goose nesting barrels and wood duck nesting boxes.All areas around creeks have buffer strips to prevent stream bank erosion and encourage wildlife."We feel it's our obligation not to preach but rather to lead by example in encouraging our neighbors and other farmers to join us in good soil conservation," said AndrewIn addition to an expense paid trip to the Commodity Classic, the Andrews received a plaque, an engraved mahogany book clock and a yard sign. Conservation Legacy Awards: 2007 Regional Winners In addition to James Andrew, Regional Conservation Legacy Awards were presented to:
"Farmers have little fear of science, says James Andrew, manager of the Andrew Farms, Inc. in Iowa, who spoke of his experiences as a US farmer during the "Farmer to Farmer: Sharing Experiences Related to Agricultural Biotechnology" capacity building workshop held in Manila, Philippines.