Posted January 23, 2014

"Our early registration is complete, but people can still register at the door for the 18th Annual Winter Conference to be held at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas," said Josh Lloyd, president of No-till on the Plains and a farmer from Longford, Kansas. "Registration is $225 for the two-day event."

The 2014 Conference kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, with the Industry Morning Marketplace. The Marketplace allows attendees to access the latest in technology and information from those in the agricultural industry. Besides a morning full of presentations at the BiCenter attendees can tour the Great Plains Manufacturing plant facilities. The tour begins at 9:00 a.m. at the plant located at 1525 East North St., Salina, KS. To take the tour, please call 785-823-3276 by Monday afternoon, the 27th, said Lloyd. 

Winter Conference is also home to the region's largest no-till Trade Show that runs the length of the event. Over 75 exhibitors will have their products available to showcase to attendees, Lloyd said. Our Show is up in numbers this year, the largest group of exhibitors we have had in at least the past six years, so it will be a great opportunity to see and hear about the latest in no-till technology and related products.

The Conference presentation schedule resumes at 12:45 p.m. with keynote speakers Troy and Stacy Hadrick speaking to "Discovering Your Influential Power," and Dwayne Beck laying the groundwork for the Conference theme – "Back to the Basics – managing water and nutrients." The day continues with three current sessions after the keynote period where attendees can pick from 21 different presentations, Lloyd said. That evening, we encourage all attendees to mingle and interact during the Beer and Bull session in the Trade Show area.

The next morning the Conference starts at 8:00 a.m with keynote presenter Jim Gerrish, internationally-known livestock grazing specialist, speaking to "Integrating Crops and Livestock." Gerrish will present five times over the course of the event on different livestock and cropping topics. Lloyd continued, Wednesday includes four more concurrent sessions so attendees can choose from 28 topic areas. In all, the Conference features 33 speakers. The Hadricks will provide two more presentations in concurrent sessions. And, many continuous no-till farmers will tell their stories and share ideas including Dan Forgey, Ryan Speer, Joe Swanson, Scott Ravenkamp, Rick Bieber, Pete Hammert, Paul Ackley, Jonathan Cobb, Randall Unnasch, Keith Thompson, Randy Rink, Daniel Schultz, Darrell Kaiser, Andrew Sigle, and Mark Watson. The agenda also includes a number of university and agency resource professionals.