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Honoring Leaders, Pioneers in the No-Till Community

The 26th class of No-Till Innovators led advancements in no-tilling by championing organic no-till, no-till tobacco, innovative planter attachments, robust educational events and farmer networks.

Two individuals and two organizations are being recognized as the 26th class of No-Till Innovators for their commitment to the advancement of no-till farming systems in North America and worldwide

The No-Till Innovator Award program — sponsored by Calmer Corn Heads and No-Till Farmer — strives to honor farmers, researchers, businesses and services, and organizations for their work in assisting the growth of no-till practices, regardless of the types of crops or equipment used.

The 2021 honorees are:

Rick Clark — Williamsport, Ind, no-tiller, Crop Production

Martin Industries — Business & Service

Jon Anderson — Environ-mental scientist, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

South Dakota Soil Health Coalition — Organization

NTIA Selection Committee

  • Jim Hershey — Elizabethtown, Pa.
  • Betsy Bower, Ceres Solutions — Lafayette, Ind. 
  • Joe Nester, Nester Ag — Bryan, Ohio

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Rick Clark — Crop Production

You could say Rick Clark has become famous for being a quitter. Over the last 18 years, the Williamsport, Ind., no-tiller has quit using traditional farming techniques, including most synthetic inputs, on his 7,000-acre farm that is almost fully transitioned to organic practices. 

He didn’t quit everything all at once, of course, and has taken cues from the land itself as he’s dropped old practices and picked up new ones to create the system he likes to call “regenerative organic stewardship with no tillage.” 

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