Tim Unruh
The Salina Journal


South Dakota farming and ranching couple Troy and Stay Hadrick will be the keynote speakers for the 18th annual No-till on the Plains Winter Conference on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Salina Bicentennial Center.

Founders of Advocates for Agriculture, they aim to share a positive story about agriculture and inspire others to do the same, according to the couple's website. The Hadricks have been asked to speak across the United States, as well as in Australia and Canada.

The conference is a two-day gathering designed for both newcomers and veterans in the farming practice.

The conference theme "Back to the Basics: Managing Water and Nutrients" is designed to allow farmer-to-farmer interaction and also provides a slate of no-till and natural resource experts who will share their insights, said Josh Lloyd, president of No-till on the Plains, in a news release. He farms near Longford.

The program will help producers understand basic concepts and principles of moving to a no-till system, plus help those long-term no-tillers who are continuing to tweak and manage their program to maximize efficiency and profit.

32 speakers ... and counting

More than 32 speakers are scheduled, including Dwayne Beck, research manager at Dakota Lakes Research Farm in South Dakota. He will sort of preside over the conference, said Tim Christian, of Hutchinson, the No-till on the Plains interim executive director.

Jim Gerrish, of Idaho, will cover integrating livestock into a continuous no-till system.

He operates a ranch but is well-known for his work at the University of Missouri "developing the management intensive grazing system that people use a lot today," Christian said.

The conference typically attracts 1,300 or more. The 2013 gathering brought nearly 1,500 to the Bicentennial Center, he said, and they came from 18 states and four other countries.

The cost and deadline

The early registration discount -- $175, plus $90 for spouses and students -- has been extended through Friday. The cost jumps to $225 a person after that date.

More than 80 exhibitors are expected for the conference trade show, which begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 28. The Industry Morning Marketplace, a time to absorb the latest information from conference sponsors and exhibitors, continues until 11:30. The Hadricks will speak at 12:45 p.m.

AIM Symposium is Jan. 30

The AIM Symposium will be Jan. 30, also at the Bicentennial Center. The acronym stands for Agriculture's Innovative Minds. Cost for the AIM Symposium is $199 and $99 for spouses. To learn more, visit notill.org.

AIM is a daylong program featuring in-depth dialog with Beck and Ray Ward, owner of Ward Laboratories of Kearney, Neb. They will discuss continuous no-till farming, cover crops and other issues in farming operations.