Steve Keller, Chair of Board of Directors, Fluid Fertilizer Foundation.
Steve Keller, Chair of Board of Directors, Fluid Fertilizer Foundation.

Talking Stick Resort was again the site for the 24th Annual Fluid Forum held from February 15 to 17 in Scottsdale, Ariz., as researchers and ag people from the United States and overseas gathered for two days of sharing the latest in field research to improve crop yields. Information-packed sessions, led by leading researchers funded by the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation, spoke to packed sessions on the latest developments in improving yields using fluid fertilizers.

The opening  session Monday afternoon featured Russell French of Dupont/Pioneer who spoke on "Implementing Research and Adapting for High-Yield Agriculture."

Later in the meeting, was an hour presentation by Dr. Peter Mansoor (executive officer to GeneralDavid Petraeus) of Ohio State University on the formation and activities of ISIS, the vile acts they perform and the effect they are having worldwide.

A final special invited speaker was Donnie Taylor with the ARA who discussed  the regulatory and environmental challenges facing this country and the opportunities we have in dealing with those challenges.

At the annual meeting, Steve Keller reviewed the previous year's FFF activities and thanked everyone for their support of the Foundation. This was followed by a presentation of the Researcher of the Year award which went to Dr. Tony Vyn of Purdue University for his outstanding fluid fertilizer research contributions to agriculture.

The prestigious Werner Nelson Award was presented to Dr. Carrie Laboski of the University of Wisconsin for her outstanding contributions to wise use of fertilizer to maximize crop yields and profits.

Fluid Fellow Awards, given in recognition of leadership in the fluid fertilizer industry, were presented to:

  • Waddy Garrett of VitAg
  • Carl Bruice, of Wilbur-Ellis
  • Cliff Snyder of IPNI
  • Tom Fairweather of Tessenderlo-Kerley

Special recognition was paid to

Ed Krysl who was honored with a Distinguished Service Award for his 50 years of service to both the National Fluid Solutions Association (NFSA) and the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation.

At the close of the meeting, the gavel was passed from Board Chair Steve Keller of Morral Companies to Terry Tindall of J.R. Simplot Company.