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No-Till, Strip-Till & Cover Crop Events

Following is a list of no-till educational events and field days. This listing is free to event organizers. However, the event must be focused on no-till, strip-till or other conservation-tillage practices and is subject to No-Till Farmer's approval.

To submit your event, please e-mail the event's name, date, location and a summary of event highlights — as well as a contact's name, phone number e-mail address, and registration and fee information — to 


National Strip-Tillage Conference

July 30-31, 2014 — Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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The first National Strip-Tillage Conference will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this July. Featuring speakers like world-renowned soil biologist Jill Clapperton, Purdue University cropping and tillage specialist Tony Vyn and Kenton, Ohio, strip-tiller Brian Watkins, the conference will have nearly 50 sessions in 2 days. Click here to download a pdf of the 8-page conference program with all of the presentation summaries and speakers.

The National Strip-Tillage Conference is $199 and $179 for additional farm or family members. There's also a special 3-hour workshop on measuring your soil health with Jill Clapperton in the morning of July 30, prior to the official 1 p.m. start of the conference. The workshop is $50 and is open to the first 60 conference attendees to register.

For more information or to register online, visit the conference Web site at


Norman Borlaug Sustainable Farm Institute Field Day

August 1, 2014 — Cresco, Iowa

The first annual Norman Borlaug Sustainable Farm Institute Field Day will be held at the Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm and Birthplace Farm in Cresco on Friday, Aug. 1. With keynote speakers David Brandt, no-till and cover-crop farmer from Carroll, Ohio, and Merlin, Ontario farmer Blake Vince, the event is designed for anyone who wants to learn about agriculture and soil practices. 

Registration is open on-site from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Cost of registration is $40 and includes a BBQ lunch. For more information, call 319-269-5955.


No-Till Seeding School 

August 4, 2014 — Lincoln, Kan.

Exapta will host its No-Till Seeding School at Alan Aufdemberge's farm near Lincoln on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Exapta founder and president Matt Hagny will be the main presenter and will demonstrate a wide assortment of mis-adjustments and attachments for no-till planters and drills. Attendees will learn some of the interactions among the settings and components of seed openers, and will also get a sneak peek at some of the latest developments and soon-to-be released technology.

The event is offered in two sessions. The morning session will go from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes lunch, while the afternoon session will run from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and includes dinner. Registration is $65 and is limited. Register by calling 785-820-8000 (Visa, Master Card and Discover are accepted; or pay by check if mailed sufficiently early). Questions may be emailed to 


No-Till on the Plains Summer Bus Tour

August 5-8, 2014 — Kansas and Oklahoma

No-Till on the Plains is hosting its annual bus tour on a route that will start in Salina, Kan., and work through Oklahoma. Attendees will visit 7 farms, where they'll see long-term no-till fields, cover crop plots, cover crops used for forage and soil pits. Participants will also get the opportunity to network with professional no-till experts and long-term producers on the bus.

A visit to the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is planned on Aug. 6 where participants will stay on the Noble Foundation campus, learn about the services and tour the facilities. 

A full agenda is available here. Registration is available online at under Events, or by calling 888-330-5142. The cost is $675 per person for double occupancy lodging, and $825 per person for single occupancy. Very limited numbers of single rooms are available.

The deadline for registration has been extended to July 31, 2014.


CCSI Soil Health Expo: Role Of Precision Ag in Soil Health Systems

August 6, 2014 — Evansville, Ind.

The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative will host a soil health expo focusing on the role of precision ag in soil health systems on Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in Evansville. 

CCSI farmer Mike Schuter will discuss sprayer modifications to VRA N into ate-season corn, as well as seeding cover crops into standing corn, and Randall Reeder, an Ohio State University professor emeritus, will discuss the use of technology and soil health practices to avoid and address compaction. Phil Gordon of Gordon & Associates will also present development and use of management zones. There will be a UAV demonstration for crop scouting.

The cost is $10 and registration is requested by July 31 online at or by calling 812-354-6120 ext. 3. 


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Organic Farm Tours

August 16, 2014 — Lincoln, Neb.

From 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on August 16, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will be giving organic farm tours to help organic producers learn more about increasing soil health through cover crops.

The event, starting at 1:30 p.m., will first take place at the Larry Stanislav farm north of Abie, where Stanislav will discuss his diverse cropping system of spring wheat, corn, soybeans and cover crops.

Participants will then tour Randy Fendrich’s farm, where Fendrich will discuss his cultural practices and crop rotation.

Afterwards, Randy Anderson, a researcher for USDA-ARS, will present his recent research findings on converting red clover fields to cropland without tillage and the impact of under seeding clovers in winter and spring wheat on downy brome growth.

To close the event, there will be a dinner at 5 p.m. provided by the Fendrich Family.

Producers attending the event will learn how to minimize the need for tillage to control weeds and how using no-till rotations continuously can improve land productivity, farm economics, soil health and resource-use-efficiency in the Great Plains.

Reservations are needed. To RSVP or for more information, please call Wendy at 402-584-3837.


Panhandle No-Till Partnership Tour

August 18-21, 2014 — North Dakota, South Dakota

The Panhandle No-Till Partnership is taking producers on a tour to North and South Dakota to visit with top experts in soil health, no-till crop and forage production. The tour begins at 8 a.m. on Aug. 18 at Mark Watson's farm, located at 1561 CR 61 in Alliance, Neb., 4 miles east of Berea. Attendees will then travel to Bismarck, N.D., and tour local farms and ranches in Burleigh County, as well as visit the Menoken Research Farm. The final visit will take place at the Dakota Lakes Research farm before heading back to the Watson farm. For more details about the tour, visit the PNTP Web site

Cost is $125, which includes all transportation and lodging for attendees willing to double on room occupancy; for single-room occupancy it is $225. Participants will be responsible for their own meals.

Deadline to register is Aug. 1 and seating is limited. To register, contact the office of the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District at 308-432-6190.


Soil Health Workshop

August 19, 2014 — Stafford, N.Y.

The Soil Health Workshop, organized by area county soil & water conservation districs, NRCS, Cornell Cooperative Extension, WNY Crop Management and area farms, will begin with registration at 3 p.m. and take place at Donn Branton’s farm in Stafford, N.Y. The event will feature many talks on improving crop production, soil health and the environment in an effort to illustrate how they can all work together. 

Speakers for the event lasting until 8 p.m. will include: Frank Gibbs on unlocking the secrets of soil, Eric Kaiser on using cover crops in tough northern climates, David Degoyler on Adapt-N for fine tuning nitrogen applications on corn and Carol MacNeil on the Cornell Soil Health Test and what it can tell you about your soils.

The workshop will also feature a farmer panel on building soil health, a chance to view reduced tillage and cover crop seeding/interseeding equipment and a pulled pork dinner. 

Pre-registration costs $5.00 and night-of registration costs $10.00. To register for the event and for more information, contact Dennis Kirby at or call 585-589-5959.


Soil Health, 4R, Cover Crop Tour Of David Brandt's Farm

August 21, 2014 — Carroll, Ohio

A Soil Health, 4R and Cover Crop Tour will go to David Brandt's farm on Aug. 21. The 5-hour tour of Brandt's farm includes a meal and a free Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. The bus will leave the Extension parking lot next to the Putnam County fairgrounds at 7 a.m. and expects to return around 5 p.m. 

Registration is $20 and must be received by Aug. 7 for a bus seat reservation. Space will be limited after Aug. 7. For more details and to register, contact the Putnam County Extension office at 419-523-6294. 


Wheat Drilling Clinics

August 21 & 22 — To Be Announced

No-till on the Plains and the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association will offer two wheat drilling clinics with Phil Needham on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22. These all-day events will cover the benefits and challenges of popular drills, and discuss after-market improvements to drills to boost performance and yield. 

A detailed agenda with locations and cost will be available June 1. Registration will open on the Web site on July 7. Registration is limited to 75 per event. 


CCSI Farming For Soil Health: Power Of Soil Biology

August 22, 2014 — Muncie, Ind. 

Ray Archuleta and Barry Fisher of the NRCS team up with CCSI farmer Mike Werling to help attendees understand How Soil Functions; How Soil Health Affects Nutrient Cycling; and a farmer's perspective on Conservation Cropping Systems, Soil Health and Water Quality. 

The event is free but seating is limited. Registration is required by Aug. 15. Register here or call 765-747-7732. 


23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference

January 14-17, 2015 — Cincinnati, Ohio

The 23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference will be held Jan. 14-17, 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 4-day program will feature 17 general session speakers, 29 classrooms, 75 roundtables and hours of hallway networking. 

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Register by Jan. 31, 2014, and receive the discounted rate of $229 — a $130 savings off the onsite rate. Online registration will open shortly, but registration forms can currently be downloaded and faxed or mailed in. For hotel reservations, contact the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, located at 35 W. Fifth St. in Cincinnati, at 1-800-445-8667 and mention the "National No-Tillage Conference" to receive the $104 per night rate. 

More information will become available at  


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