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With this episode, the “No-Till Farmer Influencers and Innovators” podcast series is starting its fifth year of offering listeners a twice-a-month look back at what has happened over the past few decades years with no-till. This episode represents the 97th episode that has been produced in this series since its introduction in January of 2019.

To kick off the latest year of this podcast series, we’re replaying the very first episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast that was posted on January 18 of 2019. In this episode, brought to you by SOURCE by Sound Agriculture, Lessiter Media President Mike Lessiter interviews his dad, Frank Lessiter, on the roots of no-till and conservation tillage farming.

This first “official” episode of the series delves into how Frank came to be at the heart of it all as the founding editor of No-Till Farmer back in 1972. Frank discusses the early days, when no-till farming caught on among farmers who were innovators and were willing to try new things. He talks about the very first issue of No-Till Farmer and some of the lessons he’s learned over the years about subscriber expectations. He even talks about the Plowboy Pete and No-Till Ned cartoons and how a caption-writing contest went awry. Plus, Frank answers a listener email about early milestones that made no-till work.

If you are interested in more no-till history, you’ll find great stories like these and many more in the newly released 448-page second edition of From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming that includes 32 more pages than the first edition.








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