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Fluid Journal : Early Spring 2012
03 The Fluid Journal Early Spring 2012 FROM THE PUBLISHERS 30 Years: We’ve Come a Long Way! It was in the fall-winter 30 years ago that the NFSA celebrated the 25th anniversary of its flagship publication, SOLUTIONS Magazine. That was also the time that NFSA President Scott Tinsman announced that the NFSA intended to establish a separate, non-profit, tax deductible foundation to fund needed research, development and educational activities supporting crop production and the fluid fertilizer industry. And in 1982, the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF) was founded. In an interview in January 1982, new NFSA President Waddy Garrett indicated he hoped that the new Foundation would eventually be able to annually fund $100,000 in research projects, emphasizing the value of fluid fertilizer programs in efficient and profitable crop production programs. Mission accomplished! Since its founding, the FFF has funded countless research projects totaling over $4 million dollars! Dr. James Batchelor was selected to lead the new organization and serve as the first president of the FFF. Over the years, solid leadership continued with Dr. Julian Smith, Dr. Dick Wiese, Dr. Bob Munson, and Dr. Larry Murphy. Each provided distinguished leadership as president of the Foundation. Additionally, numerous individuals have provided tremendous leadership to the organization as members of the Research & Education Committee and the Foundation Board. Any attempt at naming all of the committed, indispensable individuals over the years would be unfair to all those inadvertently omitted. Certainly, the true strength and visionary leadership of the Foundation over the years resides in all of the committed members who volunteered time and resources to the continued success of the Foundation. In early 1984, the Foundation published the first edition of Fertilizer Issues. This quarterly journal was published for ten years and was intended to provide the findings of new fluid fertility research originating from FFF-sponsored research projects. Beginning in 1993, the Fertilizer Issues publication was discontinued as the FFF began operation as a separate entity as opposed to a program within the National Fertilizer Solutions Association. With this change, the Fluid Journal began publication. In a lead editorial in the very first issue of the Fluid Journal, FFF Chairman Ed Krysl credited the FFF Board and R&D Committee in general and Bill Lohry specifically with the creation of the Journal. Thanks to all of you for your foresight! Because of economic considerations associated with the printing of a hardcopy of the Fluid Journal, it was converted to an on-line, electronic only version in 2008. While many were saddened at the loss of the printed version of the Journal, they were eventually happy that the Journal was now accessible to anyone who had access to the internet. They were also delighted that the Foundation was now able to better fulfill its mission with the resources saved by eliminating printing costs through moving the Journal on- line. Forward thinking companies and individuals are the core of the Foundation that allows it to remain committed to its founding mission and principles--developing and advancing fluid fertilizer programs for high yielding crop production through research, education and information dissemination. All FFF funding comes from members representing all areas of the crop production and fluid fertilizer industries. From fertilizer producers and manufacturers to interested individuals, from fertilizer equipment manufacturers to commercial agricultural laboratories, and from local crop input retail suppliers to national distributors/marketers, the entire fluid fertilizer industry supports independent crop production research through the FFF. Much has been accomplished over the past three decades. Hundreds of researchers have cooperated with the FFF by concluding hundreds of funded research projects. This funding has consisted of millions of dollars provided by our members as well as millions of dollars provided by our laboratory members for soil and plant tissue analytical services supporting the research projects. Many of the individual components of successful and profitable fertility programs for modern high yield crop production systems have their roots in FFF projects. Starter programs, dribble applications, split UAN applications for high-yield irrigated corn, sulfur and micronutrient needs, foliar applications, soil chemistry differences with fluid and dry fertilizer applications, forage fertility programs, fertility programs for reduced and no-till systems, vegetable and tree crop nutrient management and many, many other topics have benefited from Foundation-supported research over the past 30 years. The various researchers supported with FFF funding and appearing in Journal publication over the years reads like a 'Who's Who' of soil fertility and crop nutrition experts across North America, Australia and South America. Thank you to all cooperating researchers throughout the years! Many thousands of ag professionals have benefited by various FFF educational programs. The Fluid Forum is our annual flagship meeting where updates on various research projects are presented by our cooperator researchers. The Forum also includes various national and regional issues that are addressed by invited speakers and the annual business/awards luncheon for the Foundation. Over the decades, the Fluid Forum has evolved into being the premier winter educational meeting for the fertilizer industry! The 2012 Fluid Forum will be held in Scottsdale, AZ on February 19-21, 2012. "The need for research has never been greater"
Late Spring 2012