Keynote speakers announced for 32nd Annual High Plains No-Till Conference

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Dec. 2, 2019 – The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association has announced that Dr. David Johnson, Jerry Doan, and Willie Durham will be featured as keynote speakers for the 2020 High Plains No-Till Conference on Feb. 4-5 at the Community and Education Center in Burlington, Colorado.

Headlining the event will be Dr. David Johnson, a molecular biologist conducting research for the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University. His research in soil microbial community structure and function has opened a window for viewing the interdependence between plants and soil microbes, the optimization of which can restore soil fertility, improve crop growth, and increase water efficiency, soil carbon storage, and soil microbial carbon-use efficiency. Johnson and his wife have also been widely recognized for their Johnson-Su Bioreactor, which is a system designed to reintroduce beneficial microorganisms to the soil with biologically enhanced compost.

The second keynote for the High Plains No-Till Conference will be the owner of the Black Leg Ranch in North Dakota, Jerry Doan. Doan and his family use holistic management to operate their ranch while regenerating natural resources and allowing wildlife to flourish. This has led to huge strides in improving the soil health of their cropland and native rangeland while improving the bottom line and quality of life for their family. Doan has been awarded the Burleigh County Soil Health Award, the N.D. NRCS Award, the N.D. Inaugural Leopold Award, and the National Environmental Stewardship Award.

Willie Durham from the Natural Resource Conservation Service will also appear in Burlington as a keynote speaker this February. A Soil Health Specialist for Texas and Oklahoma, Durham also served as a State Conservation Agronomist for seven years and has experience in conservation planning and application in relation to agronomics and soil health resource concerns.

The two-day event will also showcase more than 45 breakout sessions conducted by speakers from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and North Dakota representing a range of production systems and agricultural industry experience.

“This year looks to be an amazing lineup for the High Plains No-Till Conference,” said CCTA President Michael Thompson. “Sessions on grazing, precision ag technology, application of soil testing, direct marketing, soil health, specialty crops, and weather mean there will be something for everyone.”

Registration and additional information about CCTA and the upcoming conference is available online at

About CCTA

CCTA is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the conservation and no-till farmers of the High Plains. The group facilitates the exchange of ideas to preserve agricultural soil and water resources for generations by providing a system which drastically reduces soil erosion, conserves soil moisture, and builds organic matter.

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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