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NoTill on the Plains Winter Conference Fosters Innovation, Builds Community Among Conservationists

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:41:09 CST

NoTill on the Plains Winter Conference Fosters Innovation, Builds Community Among Conservationists Last week, farmers from across the country gathered in Wichita, Kan. for the 22nd Annual No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference where they had the opportunity to learn about and explore the latest no-till and conservation practices from expert speakers and fellow farmers. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn attended the event and had the chance to visit with the president of No-Till on the Plains, Ryan Speer, about this year’s program. You can listen to that complete interview, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.

Prior to the conference, No-Till on the Plains hosted a beginners’ workshop last Monday for novice farmers just starting out with the implementation of no-till on their operations. The main portion of the conference commenced the following day with a thought-provoking presentation from Allan Savory, a renown environmentalist, on the subject of holistic management.

“We wanted to bring (Savory) in to kick start our program and get people thinking in a different direction ‘holistically’ and kind of look at their operations from top to bottom - figure out what changes need to be made in these hard economic times,” said Speer, a farmer from Sedgwick, Kan. “I hope farmers look at things a little differently as they go home and evaluate their own operations and see where they can tweak and make changes to help them be more profitable.”

No-Till on the Plains has worked to spread its message to farmers for over 20 years now. Speer says he has seen the farming community’s interest in no-till catch on over that time. To accommodate the growing no-till audience, the organization’s leadership chose to move this year’s event to Wichita’s Century II Convention Center. Speer says the new venue allowed the conference to host more speakers, break-out sessions and greater interaction among those in attendance. Speer insists the networking that is done at the conference is the most important aspect for farmers who come to the event to learn more about no-till farming.

“We just keep evolving and learning together as a networking group and try to keep changing to become more profitable and more sustainable,” he said. “There’s a guy somewhere that’s already done what you want to do, so if you can make those connections and build a network it really helps you further what you what you want to do without making mistakes. Most of the people here are enthusiastic and willing to help. You just have to reach out and build that relationship.”



Hear Horn and Speer talk about this year's event and how it has helped to build the No-Till community
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