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About the Project

In June 2008, KIS started working with Richard Gray (Dept. of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics), Bernie Sonntag (AAFC retired) and Wayne Lindwall (AAFC retired) to organize a conference and write a book on the history of conservation tillage (and zero-till) in Western Canada.

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The Conference

A conference was held March 24-25, 2009 in Saskatoon, SK. Many of the presenters at this conference expanded their presentations into chapters for the book.

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The Book

Once the conference was over, the focus shifted to writing a book on the history of zero tillage (conservation tillage). The book features 16 chapters representing 35 contributors.

We are very pleased to have submissions from each of the major provincial soil conservation associations as well as "bio stories" from seven early adopters of zero tillage.

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Book's Reference

Multiple Authors. 2010. Landscapes Transformed: The History of Conservation Tillage and Direct Seeding. C. Wayne Lindwall and B. Sonntag, eds. Knowledge Impact in Society, University of Saskatchewan: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. pp. 219.


Share your story!

Have a story about the early days of zero-till? We know there are many zero-till champions - farmers, researchers, academics, extension agrologists, equipment manufacturers - who played a role in zero-till adoption. We interviewed a few for this book, and we know there are many more stories to be told. We would love to hear your stories and experiences!

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Financial support for the conference and book on the history of conservation tillage and direct seeding has been provided by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan through the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Saskatchewan (ACAAFS) program.
Funding for the ACAAFS program is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
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Through the Conference Fund Program and Cyril Capling Trust Fund


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