Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators

[Podcast] Revisiting Dwayne Beck on Crop Rotations

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, we’re revisiting a presentation by no-till stalwart presenter Dwayne Beck.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, we’re revisiting a presentation by no-till stalwart presenter Dwayne Beck.
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[Podcast] Eileen Kladivko, Earthworm Godmother

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, we’re heading underground. We’re going deep under the soil surface to concentrate on one of the major benefits of no-tilling when it comes to improving soil health. Today’s agenda is worms: Earthworms, red worms, nightcrawlers, and other kinds of worms and the impact the have on no-tilled soils.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, we’re heading underground. We’re going deep under the soil surface to concentrate on one of the major benefits of no-tilling when it comes to improving soil health. Today’s agenda is worms: Earthworms, red worms, nightcrawlers, and other kinds of worms and the impact the have on no-tilled soils.
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[Podcast] Jonathan Lundgren and Regenerative Ag

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, editor Frank Lessiter talks with entomologist Dr. Jonathan Lundgren about his motivations for starting up Blue Dasher Farm and the Ecdysis Foundation, and how he hopes to remove barriers to the adoption of regenerative agriculture..
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, editor Frank Lessiter talks with entomologist Dr. Jonathan Lundgren about his motivations for starting up Blue Dasher Farm and the Ecdysis Foundation, and how he hopes to remove barriers to the adoption of regenerative agriculture.
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[Podcast] Mr. Lessiter Goes to Washington

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by NewLeaf Symbiotics, we dug through our archives to find the speech Frank Lessiter presented during his 1973 testimonial before the House Agriculture Committee on the important role no-tillage was playing in American agriculture.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by NewLeaf Symbiotics, we dug through our archives to find the speech Frank Lessiter presented during his 1973 testimonial before the House Agriculture Committee on the important role no-tillage was playing in American agriculture.
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[Podcast] Farmer and Engineer Keith Wendte

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers Innovators Podcast, brought to you by NewLeaf Symbiotics, Frank Lessiter talks with farmer, data guru and long-time CNH engineer Keith Wendte.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers Innovators Podcast, brought to you by NewLeaf Symbiotics, Frank Lessiter talks with farmer, data guru and long-time CNH engineer Keith Wendte.
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Can a Fertilizer Spreader Replace a Drill or Planter When No-Tilling Soybeans?

With extremely wet conditions, this veteran no-tiller is looking at “spinning” soybeans into a living cover crop.

While he’s been no-tilling and using cover crops for over two decades, traditional cropping ideas haven’t always worked for Frank Martin when soil conditions turn extremely wet in the spring. As a result, the Hallsville, Mo., no-tiller is looking at trying a different soybean seeding idea on his poorly-drained clay pan soils this spring.


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EPA Ignores Its Own ‘Best Science’ Rules

The phrase “best available science and data” is a regulatory standard all federal agencies must follow when reaching Endangered Species Act decisions. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen not to do so regarding the use of glyphosate, atrazine and simazine.


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