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“There was never a question in my mind that what we were doing was exactly the right thing..” — Karl Kupers

With growers facing tough times due to low commodity prices and rising input costs, more no-tillers than ever before are looking to add extra value to the products they grow.

Listen in as No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter discusses one such operation, Shepherd’s Grain, delving into how the company was founded, the vital role no-till plays in the operation, why they initially chose to focus on wheat, how they are diversifying, whey they say they are “Too Dumb to Fail and Too Smart to Quit” and much more.

P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till FarmingCheck it out here.







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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North

Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)