"Exciting changes are happening at the Kansas Crop Residue Management Alliance," said Doug Palen, chairman and no-till farmer, from Glen Elder, KS.

"Not only has KCRMA added more educational opportunities and activities for farmers than ever before, the board of directors decided to change their name, from the Crop Residue Management Alliance to No-Till on the Plains (NTOP) Inc.

"This name was chosen because the alliance is best known for its outstanding No-Till on the Plains conference, held every January. The NTOP Conference has reached thousands of farmers interested in farming more profitably and environmentally friendly, since its inception in 1997," Palen continued. "No-till farmers, from all over the country, attend this highly educational and informative event. NTOP is the largest event of its kind in the country, averaging well over 1,000 participants. It was thought that the No-Till on the Plains name would bring greater name recognition to the alliance and our expanded efforts."

No-Till on the Plains Inc., as previously mentioned, has increased its educational opportunities for farmers to offer more learning venues as they consider making the switch to no-till or other high residue management systems, he said. The group also promotes supporting management systems, including nutrient and pest management and conservation buffer practices.

Plans are finalized for the fifth annual South Dakota bus tour featuring stops at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, Pierre, and central South Dakota no-till farms are scheduled Aug. 6 to 8. This tour allows farmers to discuss production practices and management challenges with people that are committed to the long-term success of no-till. New additions to this year's educational opportunities are the east-west Kansas tours that will be conducted in late August featuring well-known no-till speakers complimenting numerous tour stops on working no-till farms. The NTOP winter conference will be held at the Bicentennial Center, in Salina, KS, Jan. 21 and 22, 2002.

"NTOP, Inc., also provides support to 12 local alliances and their activities throughout the year. We are in the process of adding more alliances, as the need seems to exist for farmers to network and share their successes and failures," Palen said. "We have hired staff to help us implement our aggressive outreach plans. Tim Christian, McPherson, and Drue Durst, Moundridge, serve as coordinators for the group. They are our primary contact point for information o any of our events or activities."

For more information on any of the tours and upcoming events of No-Till on the Plains, Inc., check out the Website, at www.notill.org, or call toll free (888) 330-5142.

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