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Fluid Journal : Winter 2012
3 The Fluid Journal Winter 2012 From The Publishers 5 million dollars later and what do we see?? Along line of steady, unerring, searching, methodical progress-- stretching over a period of thirty years-- that has helped to raise crop yields and quality substantially to feed an ever- increasing world population. The idea was given birth in 1982 by the National Fertilizer Solutions Association (NFSA), an organization dedicated to promoting a then-upcoming technology called fluid fertilizers. While its emphasis was on the advantages of fluids vs. granular, it also examined methods of proper soil testing, NPK placement, micronutrients, foliar fertilization and a whole host of other agronomic and production aspects. But by mid '81, the organization came to the realization that for research to further the fluid concept, it would have to originate from fluid dealers, suppliers, and related industries. Thus, a decision was made to establish a separate nonprofit foundation to fund needed research and development through land grant universities and governmental agencies. The newly funded research arm of the industry was given the name Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF) and its formation announced the following year. Publication of research papers from the land grant universities appeared for the first time in SOLUTIONS Magazine (official publication of the NFSA) and in a proceedings of the FFF at annual meetings until mid 1992 when the FFF was separated from the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA). The NFSA had been absorbed in late '91. The FFF was then formed into a separate 501-c-3 corporation. In early '93 a new publication the "Fluid Journal" was born, which became the official publication of the FFF. Following earlier practices, research project papers continued to be published in the Fluid Journal, after appearing in the Proceedings of the Fluid Forum held each February in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Fluid Journal, now in its twentieth year, completed its first year on the Realview website as of October 2011, attracting over 79,000 page views in 26 countries and this doesn't take into account our Twitter, Facebook, and a pdf website. The Fluid Forum to be held on February 19 to 21, 2012 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, promises to be a special occasion as the 30th year of the FFF is celebrated in grand style. There will be exhibits and many of those who were responsible for founding the FFF are expected to attend. Informative sessions also will be conducted by researchers presenting their papers funded by the FFF. Included will be slide presentations on the latest technological advances and methodologies in the field of research to improve crop quality, yields, and profitability. Attendees will be treated to two receptions, an annual awards banquet, plus other activities such as golf, swimming, and a workout center. The approximate 5 million dollars the FFF has contributed over its 30 years have enabled dedicated researchers at our land grant universities and federal agencies to unlock nature's mysteries, thereby helping mightily in paving the way to greater crop yields and quality crops to feed a hungry world. So...that's what we see! And if that 2050 worldwide figure of 9 billion people is anywhere near correct, they'll be on their knees thanking us all for what we did. The Fluid Journal • Ofﬁcial Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Winter 2012 • Vol. 20, No. 1, Issue # 75 CHELATE 10XL combines the benefits of 2 powerful chelating agents, EDTA and Citric Acid, creating the perfect balance to deliver maximum nutrition to the plant. learn more at: www.nulex.com Visit your Nulex Distributor or contact a sales representative at 800-831-4815
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