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21st anniversary High Plains No-Till Conference Feb. 3 and 4 in Greeley

The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association and the National Sunflower Association are hosting the 21st anniversary High Plains No-Till Conference, Feb. 3 and 4, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colo. Farmers and professionals in the field of agri-business of the High Plains Region, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming and Nebraska, are welcome to attend.

Nationally known syndicated columnist and former host of Agri-Talk, Ken Root, will be the keynote speaker both days with a very thought provoking message as well as a breakout session on his recent agriculture trip to China. The educational focus is on conservation farming methods and trends, current agriculture crop, water, soil and energy issues. Larry Kleingartner, Director of the National Sunflower Association, will provide the welcome with an update on agriculture issues.

The break-out sessions address many timely topics, including water issues, equipment considerations for no-till farming, wind energy, carbon credits, basic minimum and no-till, farm financial, asset and succession planning, weed management, sunflower and other dryland crop production, commodity marketing, legal issues and wind energy, climate, disaster assistance and more. The presenters are all agriculture experts from the Land Grand Universities of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Research Stations, or Agri-business along with several Producer Panels. Two producer panels of particular interest will be on Strip-Till and Grain Sorghum. A total of 29 breakout sessions will offer CEU's and a total of 6 will offer Certified Crop Advisors and CEC's for Commercial Pesticide Applicators.

Details of the workshops and online or mail-in registration are at www.HighPlainsNoTill.com or call 970-576-8970. The deadline to receive the pre-registration prices is January 29th. Walk-in registrations are accepted at the door.

A Farm Partner program for spouses is part of the conference with workshops on ag related issues, such a geo-thermal, home wind and solar power and "fun" topics such as farm scrapbooking, nutritious meals in hurry, and managing tough times in farming. Spouses attend for a reduced fee.

CCTA will also be presenting an agriculture scholarship to a college student during the conference. Funds will be generated through a Silent Auction, donations and a Tuesday night, Feb. 3rd Dinner Theatre Benefit sponsored by Union Colony Theatre. The public is invited to attend and must purchase tickets ahead from the website or call 970-576-8970 for a ticket order form.

The future of farming and to be able to supply the world with adequate food will depend on learning to farm using all conservation methods possible. The High Plains No-Till Conference is the premier educational opportunity for conservation farming practices for today and the future.

An Antique Tractor and Truck Show will be the highlight of the 20th Anniversary Celebration Activities. The accompanying Trade Show features many agriculture related businesses. There will be time to visit seed companies, agriculture agencies, and view the latest equipment designed specifically for conservation farming practices.

Another highlight of the conference is the Scholarship Benefit hosted by the Union Colony Dinner Theatre or Greeley. Proceeds are used to provide scholarships to students in the states of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming pursing a career in agriculture.

The public is invited to attend both the conference and the scholarship benefit. Membership to the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is not required.

You don't want to miss the 20th Anniversary High Plains No-Till Conference in 2008 Registration is $80 for producers and agri-business, ($100 at the door), $60 for spouses (same at the door). Students may attend on a daily basis for $25. The scholarship benefit tickets are $30 each. The timely in-depth workshops and its concentrated focus on promoting and providing education for producers on conservation farming practices makes it one of the most valuable and applicable conferences for agriculture producers in the High Plains Region.



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