December 2012 //
Vol. 30 // No. 2
Dec 21, 2012
Welcome to the new Partners! In this issue, we’re recapping our exciting 30th anniversary year, and we’re doing it in a new format – shorter and sweeter than ever. So click along for a look at our 2012 achievements, a peek at 2013, and a big thank-you to our loyal Medal Members.
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Jim Lake, Dick Foell, Frank Lessiter and Bob Rice were honored for their vision and dedication to CTIC at the organization's 30th Anniversary celebration on Oct. 25, 2012.
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CTIC Celebrates 30 Years of Putting Conservation on the Ground
By Steve Werblow

CTIC marked its 30th anniversary by demonstrating our mission – bringing nearly 200 ag conservation leaders together and convening panel discussions on the past, present and future of conservation agriculture.

“Celebrating CTIC’s 30th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to take stock of the conservation achievements of American agriculture over the last 30 years, trace the path that the industry has taken to get where we are, and chart a course for the future,” said Ron Olson of The Mosaic Company, the lead sponsor for the event.

The October 25 celebration was hosted by Monsanto at its world headquarters campus in Creve Coeur, Mo., with support from The Mosaic Company and Syngenta.

The panels – “Looking Back on 30 Years of Agricultural Conservation” and “Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Conservation” – brought together a dozen leaders in conservation agriculture from agribusiness, government, academia and the non-profit sectors. Their insights are available online at CTIC’s web site.

“A milestone like our 30th anniversary was a great time to recognize the people whose vision, dedication and energy launched CTIC and guided us for the past 30 years,” Scanlon said. “We were very fortunate to have many of our founders, leaders and long-time supporters with us for the celebration. The recognition dinner was an outstanding way to reflect on the way people’s deep commitment to the sustainability of America’s farmers evolved from a great idea to a great clearinghouse for information on conservation practices.”

The gala dinner – emceed by Mike Adams, host of the nationally syndicated AgriTalk radio program and past president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters – honored a long list of dedicated CTIC volunteers. Four founders were honored with special recognition:
  • Dick Foell, CTIC’s visionary founder and first chair;
  • Bob Rice, the PR executive working for Foell, who helped turn the vision of CTIC into a reality;
  • Jim Lake, CTIC’s first executive director; and
  • Frank Lessiter, editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and active supporter of CTIC since its founding in 1982.

Throughout the long day of reflection and celebration, participants lauded CTIC’s central role in collecting and disseminating valuable information that has helped advance sustainable farming practices for the past 30 years. Through efforts such as CTIC’s, noted former NRCS Chief Bruce Knight on one of the panels, “sustainability moved from a belief-based system to a science-based system.”