The publishers of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide have announced that the full lineup of 12 company sponsors has been secured for the 20th annual National No-Tillage Conference Jan. 11-14, 2012, in St. Louis, Mo.

Ag Leader, Cover Crop Solutions and Needham Ag Technologies are new companies joining nine returning industry giants that helped make the 2011 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, a huge success. That event, with 868 attendees, was just seven shy of the all-time record set in Indianapolis, Ind., in 2009.

The returning sponsors — with the number of years they’ve participated in parenthesis — includes Syngenta Crop Protection (20 years); Bayer CropScience (13); Agrotain International (8); Equipment Technologies, the manufacturer of Apache sprayers (7); Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers (6); SFP (6); Case IH (6); Titan International (6); and Thurston Mfg., the manufacturer of Blu-Jet strip-till rigs and fertilizer toolbars (3).

“It’s fantastic to have the support of these industry leaders, and to see just how much they value the relationships they’re able to build with the most innovative farmers in the U.S. and the world,” says Darrell Bruggink, executive editor and publisher of No-Till Farmer, the organizer of this annual event since 1993. “Their support will be critical in helping us produce a memorable 20th anniversary event.”

Development of the 2012 program is ongoing, Bruggink says. Several speakers have already committed to the program to be held at the Hilton at the Ballpark hotel in downtown St. Louis. Bruggink says the National No-Tillage Conference will begin releasing names of speakers later this month.

The complete program, which consists of nearly 20 general session speakers, 20 classroom presentations and 60 no-till roundtable discussions, will be fully announced in the November issue of No-Till Farmer’s Conservation Tillage Guide. Program updates are provided regularly at

“During the last 5 years, we’ve set attendance records for each of the host sites, which is further evidence of the continued growth and interest in no-till,” says Frank Lessiter, editor of No-Till Farmer since its inception in 1972. “We are returning to St. Louis for the first time since 2006, and anticipate this popular destination will provide a great learning atmosphere for our no-tillers.”

To learn more about the National No-Tillage Conference, call Bruggink at 262.782.4480, ext. 420, or e-mail him at Or visit