The 32nd National No-Tillage Conference will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel & Conference Center Jan. 9-12, 2024. A focused 4-day program covers myriad topics for profitable results in no-till farming, including equipment set-ups, cover crops, intercropping, economic analyses, soil testing/analysis, fertilizing methods and more.
No-tillers aligned with startups can be a part of a high-risk, high-reward opportunity. During the Frank Lessiter Legacy Series sponsored by Calmer Corn Heads, "What No-Tillers Stand to Gain from Working with Ag Startups," no-tiller and co-founder of farmland venture capital firm Fall Line Capital Clay Mitchell discuss how early emphasis on product-market fit creates different behavior patterns from companies focused on profitability, why startup efforts spent on fundraising can catastrophically detract from customer focus and which of today’s most successful products are tomorrow’s buggy whips. Mitchell also discusses what to look for and understand when choosing a startup partnership, shares predictions on which emerging companies are prime to disrupt the market and discusses how the last decade has seen exponential growth in venture-backed startups in ag.
Unique from other ag conferences, the National No-Tillage Conference agenda features a mix of general sessions, classrooms, farmer-to farmer roundtables and face time with suppliers — all designed for maximum networking and the practical transfer of experience and knowledge. The 2024 program lineup includes:
- 12 General Sessions — covering an abundance of proven no-tilling ideas and strategies. You’ll learn from the industry’s leading no-tillers such as global philanthropist and no-tiller, Howard G. Buffett, plus learn the latest research of No-Till Legend, No-Till Innovator, and longtime independent on-farm researcher Marion Calmer. Get knowledge from No-Till Legend and No-Till Innovator of the Year Alum Paul Jasa why yield monitor results are only as good as the calibration, how the combine dynamics and operation affect yield monitor output, and what you can learn from last season’s yield monitors and maps.
- 40 Farmer-to-Farmer Roundtables — informal, moderated peer-to-peer discussions on specific no-till topics. Attendees should come with 5 questions to get answered in this proven format for sharing what works and doesn't.
- 25 Classrooms — in-depth presentation-style sessions convey practical, actionable ideas from experienced no-tillers on the most pressing needs.
- Exclusive Pre-Conference Workshop: From Data to Action: How Water Quality Projects Improve No-Till Farming — No-Till Innovator Mike Starkey hosts the 2024 National No-Tillage Conference pre-conference workshop at his farm shop just 30 minutes northwest of Indianapolis. He and Bob Barr, research scientist at Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis, share data from their latest water quality monitoring project and discuss its impact on Starkey’s Brownsburg, Ind., operation and a community of 2 million people. Don’t miss this exclusive chance to examine the 2023 No-Till Innovator Award recipient’s planter and talk shop about the conservation practices on his farm. A sit-down dinner follows the workshop. This special experience has limited attendance, so reserve your spots today! (Additional $149 to attend. Available to conference attendees only. Limited seating. Workshop is 4-6 p.m. Dinner is 6-7:30 p.m. and open to workshop registrants only.)
Advanced registration savings of $50 are available through Dec. 31. Download the full conference agenda and register here.
Title sponsors making the learning and networking opportunities possible for no-tillers include Ag Leader, Martin Industries, Montag Mfg., Laforge, Precision Planting, Wearparts, Midwest Bio-Tech, Sound Agriculture, GS3 Quality Seed, Copperhead Ag, The Andersons, Apache Sprayers, Great Plains Mfg., ForGround by Bayer, Holganix and Yetter Farm Equipment. All companies will exhibit during the 4-day educational event.