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Fluid Journal : Spring 2014
6 The Fluid Journal Spring 2014 nitrogen’s impact on grain yield and milling qualities by Dr. Brian Arnall of Oklahoma State University. The first day concluded with a Board-sponsored reception in the Fire Garden Atrium as the crowd of 170 registrants were treated to a broad array of gourmet delights. The second day session attendees listened intently as a broad range of the very latest in fluid technology was covered by 13 speakers on such topics as Micro-scale Changes in P Chemistry, Improving Cotton Production, and Advance Production Systems for Florida Citrus. Of particular interest was the introduction of a Fertilizer Handbook translated into Spanish to be used in Argentina and all of Latin America. According to Ricardo Melgar, it will be downloaded for use on the websites. At the Tuesday noon Annual Meeting a multi-course luncheon was enjoyed, followed by FFF business and board reports. Recognition was also given to those industry members recognized for their service to the FFF and the fluid fertilizer industry and agriculture as a whole. Researcher of the Year Award went to Jeff Vetsch of the University of Minnesota for his outstanding contributions to the fluid fertilizer industry. The prestigious Werner Nelson Award was presented to Dr. Fred Below of the University of Illinois for his outstanding contributions to the fluid fertilizer industry. Fluid Fellow Awards, given in recognition of leadership in the fluid fertilizer industry, were presented to R. Hovey (Hov) Tinsman III of Twin States, Curt Harbach of HarBrand, Inc., and Dr. Bill Easterwood of Yara North America, Inc. At the close of the meeting, the gavel was passed from Board Chair John Guglielmi of Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Inc. to Steve Keller of Morral Company, LLC. The Tuesday afternoon sessions began with a prophetic look at Leading American Agriculture Into the Future by Charlie Stenholm of Texas, followed by an array of research updates that covered a broad array of the very latest in fluid fertilizer technology. In 2015, the 24th Annual Fluid forum will again be held at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dates are February 16 to 18. Be sure to put this on your calendar. “Latest in Fluid Technology Covered.”