No-Till Farmer is pleased to announce that earthworm specialist and agricultural consultant, educator and scientist Paul Hepperly will be speaking at the 2019 National No-Tillage Conference, January 8-11 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Paul Hepperly

Most no-tillers know the presence of earthworms is an important sign of healthy soils, but their role in farming systems goes well beyond simply digesting residue and improving water infiltration with the tunnels they burrow, says Paul Reed Hepperly.

During his general session presentation, “Earthworms: Bioengineers and Sentinels of Living No-Tilled Soils,” the Maryville, Tenn.-based educator will share little-known facts about earthworm behavior and the important job these belowground creatures play in nutrient recycling and balancing soil acidity and soil health. The former research director at The Rodale Institute will also share how no-tillers can manage their acres to create a more favorable environment for earthworms to help their farm operation flourish even more.

Hepperly will also lead a classroom session, “Tackling Challenges, Seizing Opportunities with a One-Pass Organic No-till Systems,” revealing the results of trials highlighting the competitiveness of organic no-till systems, especially in soybeans with their potentially 100% organic price premium and lower production costs. He’ll also provide tops on working through transition from traditional to organic no-tilling, including handling documentation and independent monitoring.

Learn more about Hepperly’s sessions and other sessions that will be featured at this 4-day learning and networking event here.

A discounted registration rate of $339 is available through December 31, 2018, offering a $30 discount off the onsite rate of $389. Registration can be made online or by calling (262) 432-0388 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., CT Monday-Friday.

Additionally, the National No-Tillage Conference has announced the free-to-attend Spouses Program for attending spouses. Learn more about the recently released Spouse Program here or by calling (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping us put on the upcoming 27th annual National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis: Ag Leader, Case IH, Montag Manufacturing, Equipment Technologies, Exapta Solutions, Inc, KB Seed Solutions, Fennig Equipment, Needham Ag Technologies, Martin-Till, Titan International, Yetter MFG, Syngenta, and Precision Planting