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Fluid Journal : Early Spring 2012
15 The Fluid Journal Early Spring 2012 fertilizer use efficiency by implementation of practices such as proper timing, correct placement, use of starters...all factors where fluid fertilizers fit and shine. The Fluid Fertilizer Foundation, funded by the fertilizer industry and dealers, has emphasized fertilizer use efficiency since the Foundation's inception 30 years ago. The Foundation, through the greater level of funding provided by its members, has built on the early work funded by the National Fertilizer Solutions Association and has stimulated research in fertilizer use efficiency by universities, government agencies and private research organizations. Higher nutrient use efficiency, besides improving producers' yields and profitability, has been a key focus of environmental stewardship. Industry supported and dealer implemented, these best management practices are on the cutting edge of profitable crop production. Scott Tinsman I very much enjoyed being a part of the formation of the FFF. I had served as a member of the FAR Advisory Board and saw how well the concept worked. We, in the fluid industry, knew from our in-field and plot work that the fluid concepts brought agronomic benefits to the farmer. We felt the need not only for Reminiscent words from those who put ﬂuids on the map. To Whom Much is Owed The Fluid Journal • Ofﬁcial Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Early Spring 2012 • Vol. 20, No. 2, Issue# 76 Below are nine individuals among many who contributed mightily to the fortunes of fluid fertilizer technology and acceptance by the agricultural community. Their unshakable beliefs in this technology and their unwavering work to support the NFSA, along with its research division the FFF, to reach and educate the agricultural community on the advantages of fluids over granular, are responsible for the vast market fluid fertilizers now serve. Much is owed them. Below are some of them who, in their own words, reminisce about their experiences and what this grand organization means to them as it celebrates 30 years after the birth of its research division, the FFF. As editor of this journal I've had the pleasure and privilege of knowing each of these individuals over the 33 years I've served this organization. And this doesn't count some of those who have passed from this life. There are two in particular, however, I want to mention among the apostles of fluids who have left us: Bill Lohry and Hovey Tinsman. Both visited with me in the very early '90s about starting the publication the Fluid Journal after the NFSA was absorbed into the ARA. Bill succeeded in having the FFF's bylaws rewritten to make it an independent corporation. Through the years both were unwavering in their support of the FFF and its magazine to spread the good news about fluids. Both in our times of struggle and successes, they were always there with their support, a dynamic, charming duo who never gave up. They are to be remembered with those below, and the others who have passed from this scene, who gave of themselves and are one mighty reason fluid fertilizers have made their mark in this world of agriculture. Don Johnson Agricultural publications today frequently highlight how top farmers are coping with higher input costs including fertilizer. Their approach is to improve independent verification by the research community but also the need for enhanced products and systems based on new research. The fluid industry has always had a strong history of working together toward common goals, so the collective support of such a program was a natural step. Waddy Garrett De Willard took me under his wing as my mentor in 1976. Over the next few years, we flew in De's plane to the liquid fertilizer plants owned by many of the NFSA members chronicled in the recent Winter issue of the Fluid Journal. At each location, I would "steal" ideas from this awesome group of liquid dealers. As I implemented many of the novel ideas "stolen" from this group, I slowly recognized what was happening. I had been introduced to a group of "I had been introduced to a group of highlymotivated innovators" Waddy Garrett
Late Spring 2012