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Registration Deadline Nears for No Till on the Plains Conference

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:42:16 CST

Registration Deadline Nears for No Till on the Plains Conference
Farmers have only a few more days left to register early for the 2015 No-till on the Plains Conference. The 19th Annual Winter Conference will be held January 27-28, 2015 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas. If you register before January 10th, the registration cost is $175. After January 10th the registration fee increases to $225. Spouses can attend for an additional $90. No Till on the Plains Executive Director Steve Swaffar said this year's conference theme is "Unlocking the potential on your farm".


"We tried to bring in speakers and topics that will give producers an opportunity maybe to explore things they have not done in the past, that will increase their production and hopefully will increase their bottomline at the same time while improving soil health," Swaffar said.


Radio Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith interviewed Swaffar about the upcoming conference. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to the full interview.


Speakers will address using cover crops to enhance organic matter, increasing microbial activity in soils while lowering input costs with fertilizer and herbicide and pesticide products. The 2015 No Till Conference will feature 32 speakers over two days. Featured speakers include Dr. Fred Provenza, animal behavior expert and retired professor from Utah State University; and Joshua Duckart, holistic management trainer and expert from Bismarck, North Dakota. The 2015 No-Till Conference will also have several sessions featuring no till producers that will share their own experiences from their farm.   Farmers from Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma that will share their experiences with no-till and soil health practices.


The 2015 Winter Conference is designed to allow farmer-to-farmer interaction and features some the country's premiere producers, industry experts and researchers on no-till production and soil health. The conference program will help producers understand basic concepts and principles of moving to a no-till system, plus help those long-term no-tillers who are continuing to tweak and manage their program to maximize efficiency and profit. The No Till on the Plains Winter Conference also features a large trade show with more than 80 exhibitors.


In addition to the Winter Conference, No-till on the Plains offers the Agriculture's Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium on Thursday, January 29, from 8:00-5:00 at the Bicentennial Center. This daylong program features the theme "Healthier Soil, Healthier Plants, Healthier Food".


"It really is a more indepth look into fewer topics for producers who attend that symposium," Swaffar said. "...Specifically this year we've focused on the some of the linkages between soil health, plant health and livestock as well as how that connects with the human taste and palette. Then, the second half of the day will focus on actual soil quality and how the microbial community within the soil really is integral in improving soil quality which has an impact on your plant health and all the way up into the food chain."


Registration for the AIM Symposium is $199, with preregistration before January 10 required. Space for the AIM symposium is limited to 200 people. Farmers can attend both events for $324 and spouses can attend both conferences for $164, if participants get registered by Saturday, January 10th.


For more information on the 2015 No-till on the Plains Conference or the AIM Symposium, click or tap here or by calling 785-210-4549.


   

   

Leslie Smith interviews Steve Swaffar about 2015 No Till Conference
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