Frankfurt, Kentucky (KT) – The National No-Till Conference is coming to Louisville in January, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture says scholarships are available to first-time attendees of what is considered the largest no-till event in the world.
No-till farming, a practice that first succeeded in Kentucky, marks 60 years in 2022. And for only the second time in its 30-year history, the National No-Till Convention, the event that celebrates and encourages no-till practices for farming, will be held in Kentucky.
“We are excited to host the National Conference to Prevent Plowing again,” said Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “Since this practice first succeeded in Kentucky in 1962, it is only fitting that we welcome the conference that celebrates and encourages this agricultural implementation, back home where it all began. No-till farming has changed the way Kentucky farmers can work the land for the benefit of all. “.
The idea of no-till farming has been researched for years, but it wasn’t until 1962 when Christian County farmer Harry Young had the first successful commercial crop of no-till corn. Using a combination of herbicide and atrazine for weed control and a mule-powered planter, Young harvested 0.7 acres of corn using this new method. It was a method needed by Kentucky farmers who had problems with soil erosion with regular agricultural practices on the state’s steep hills.
Sixty years later, there were more than 104 million US acres in no-till production operations, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Agricultural producers are still keen to learn more about the practice. The national conference expects up to 1,000 participants to attend.
It runs January 4-7 at Galt House in Louisville, with information from no-till pioneers, agronomists, researchers and other experts, so farmers can get the most out of their no-till farming system.
To help farmers in Kentucky and other southern states take a more effective approach to their soil conservation practices, the Sustainable Southern Agricultural Research and Education Program will provide scholarship funding to support farmers attending the first national no-tillage conference.
“We are honored to announce this first-of-its-kind grant, which reflects the importance of soil health, and continuing education on best conservation practices,” said Frank Lister, founding editor of the No-Till Farmer Bulletin and the National Conference on Preventing Tillage. The scholarship covers the full enrollment fee of $449. Visit www.no-tillfarmer.com/NNTCscholarship to apply. The application process is first come, first served until December 15th.