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Building a Solid Foundation theme of No-till on the Plains Winter Conference

No-till on the Plains Winter Conference is back at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan., for its 16th consecutive year. "Building a Solid Foundation" is the theme for the continuous no-till meeting, Jan. 24 to 25, 2012.

"Building a Solid Foundation" refers to the many pieces that come together to form a solid, successful system that focuses on soil health, fertility, profits, holistic management, advanced agronomy, equipment needs, grazing, and the importance of crop rotations, including the increasingly valuable management of cover crops.

Why would a producer want to attend this conference? No-till on the Plains has built its reputation and its foundation on educating, informing, and inspiring those who work with this organization. From an educational standpoint, No-till on the Plains gathers the best information and speakers available so producers can be successful with their farm operations.

The conference is incredibly inspiring. You will have access to tips and management practices from tremendously successful continuous no-tillers. Equally inspiring is the availability to network with fellow producers, scientists, and exhibitors. We are extremely fortunate that our speakers make themselves available to interact with the attendees. If you recognize a familiar face, understand that presenter has added the most recent information into his presentation.

No-till on the Plains Winter Conference information is very similar to the game plan that a coach would set out for a winning season. There are many ways to accomplish the victory, but to have a steady goal and a clear vision to accomplish that goal is paramount for success. No-till on the Plains simply provides a game plan with a vision for the producer to derive the most benefit from a properly managed system. Maximizing the use of a team's best athletes should be no different than maximizing the information from our best presenters.

There are numerous opportunities throughout the two days for attendees to participate in the different tracts available at the event. Don't let the unfamiliarity of growing and marketing new crops overwhelm you as you start to no-till. Whether a producer is ready to begin no-tilling and has questions about the specifics to get started or whether he is a seasoned veteran simply looking to gain one or two tips to elevate his operation from its current level, the Winter Conference should be a must on any producer's "to-do" list.

Our conference this year has many sessions that producers will find relevant no matter what their tillage practices currently are. We have speakers talking about family conflict and exit strategies from one generation to the next. Of course we will talk about fertility and nutrient management--every farmer deals with this on a daily basis. We will address the value of what is going on in the depths of our soil that is every farmer's factory. It behooves us as farmers to know what is going on in our soil so we can protect it and insure its productivity well into the future.

In an age where 85 percent of the information that it takes to make a business successful is out of the area of expertise of the person in charge, it is very important to gather as much critical information as possible. No-till on the Plains has tried to simplify this process with the speakers and topics discussed at the conference.

No-till on the Plains also offers another full-day of education on Jan. 26, 2012, at the Bicentennial Center. The Agriculture's Innovative Minds Symposium will feature Colin Seis of Australia who will do a workshop on "Pasture Cropping." The use of perennials in your no-till cropping system is truly profitable regenerative agriculture for farmers and ranchers.

For more information or to register for the Winter Conference or the AIM Symposium, contact the office at 888-330-5142 or visit the website at www.notill.org.

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