A farmer chats with a vendor at the 2017 No-till on the Plains Winter Conference in Salina
GAINING INFORMATION: A farmer chats with a vendor at the 2017 No-till on the Plains Winter Conference in Salina. The annual event moved to Wichita in 2018 and will again be in Wichita in 2019.

No-till on the Plains Winter Conference coming up Jan. 29-30

The annual conference, now in its 23rd year, offers ideas for working toward soil health.

Registration is now open for the 23rd annual No-till on the Plains Winter Conference.

Online registration is open for growers, industry partners and soil health enthusiasts to attend the popular soil health expo and educational event. The conference will take place Jan. 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Convention Center, Wichita, Kan. This annual event offers great networking opportunities for attendees, and Wichita offers ample entertainment and dining options.

Now in its 23rd year, the conference continues to offer guidance from international, national and state experts who are focused on improving soil health systems for increased farm profit. The 2019 conference features a line-up of farmers, soil health researchers and conservation professionals aiming to share their expertise and knowledge with attendees.

Registration for the No-till on the Plains Conference is available now. The Winter Conference registration price is $275. Walk-ins are welcome, but rates increase closer to the event date. Registration rates are also available in packages for those who want to attend the Beginning No-till Producers Workshop on Jan. 28 and the Winter Conference together, or the Winter Conference and Agriculture's Innovations Minds Symposium on Jan. 31 in tandem. Discounted rooms rates are available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

This year's speaker lineup features author and geologist Dr. David Montgomery and his wife, Anne Biklé, an author and biologist. The team's presentation will focus on their most recent book, The Hidden Half of Nature, which brings attention to the similarities between plant roots and the human gut systems. Internationally known conservationist Jay Fuhrer from Bismarck, N.D., will also be a general session speaker. Jay will share his experiences of improving soil health and the innovations he has helped create on the Menoken farm, a conservation demonstration site in central North Dakota.

The diverse lineup of speakers this year also includes: Bryan Jorgensen, producer from North Dakota; Grant Sims, producer from Victoria, Australia; Dr. Kristine Nichols, soil microbiologist; Dr. Christine Jones, soil ecologist from Australia; Adam Daugherty, soil conservationist from Coffee County, Tenn., and Adam Chappell, producer from Cotton Plant, Ark.

Attendees have several options to attend additional soil health workshops before and after the conference. On Jan. 28th, A beginner's level workshop is being offered for individuals looking for the basics of getting started with no-till and improved soil health.

Also on Jan. 28th is a new offering of more advanced information with "Reducing the Fertilizer Budget, Integrating Nutrition and Biology Towards Plant and Soil Health." This day-long session is presented by Joel Williams. Finally, on Jan. 31, is the AIM Symposium. This year, the symposium explores topics such as nutrient density in food, markets for regenerative agriculture products and making the most of each acre. Certified Crop Adviser Credits will also be available for conference attendees.

Sponsors for the 2019 Winter Conference are: Green Cover Seed, Farmers Business Network, General Mills Exapta Solutions, The Globetrotter Foundation and the Ceres Trust.  All of these generous sponsors will be available to attendees throughout the conference.

Visit notill.org or call 785-307-0433 for registration information. Preregistration online is encouraged.

Source: No-till on the Plains

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