The Fluid Fertilizer Foundation is the research and education arm of the fluid fertilizer industry.

About the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation


Founded in 1982, the Foundation represents the combined efforts of fertilizer dealers, equipment manufacturers, suppliers of allied products, agricultural chemical producers, commercial laboratories and basic producers of plant nutrients to provide research and educational funding for continued improvement in the application and efficiency of fluid fertilizers in all programs.

When you belong to the FFF, you’ll have access to all of the current trends and breakthroughs in fluid fertilizer technology, to give your business a competitive edge in today’s rapidly changing industry!

The Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation. Through contractual management, the Foundation is able to direct a high percentage of its support into research and education projects.

Foundation business and activities are overseen by the Board of Directors. Research and educational programs are guided by the Research and Education Committee. Our Research and Education Committee is comprised of dealers and company agronomists. They review and recommend to the Board of Directors all research and education projects undertaken by the Foundation.

FFF Governance


Dale Leikam, Manhattan, KS



Mary Hughes, Manhattan, KS


Bob Ruebel, Nachurs Alpine Solutions Inc., Olivia, MN


Rodney Gilliland, The Andersons, Inc., Upper Sandusky, OH


Dave Schwartz/ Verdesian Life Sciences, Ankeny, IA

Past chair

Robert Mullen, PotashCorp, Wooster, OH


Bill Easterwood, Yara North America, Tampa, FL
Paul Fixen, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Brookings, SD
Rodney Gilliland, The Andersons, Upper Sandusky, OH
John Guglielmi, Brandt, Orlando, FL
Curtis Harbach, HarBrand Inc., Clinton, IL
Rex Hopkins, Crop Production Services, Inc., Loveland, CO
Steve Keller, Morral Companies, LLC, Morral, OH
Raun Lohry, 1 M Solutions LLC, Dakota Dunes, SD
Tim McArdle, Brandt, Springfield, IL
Wes McCoy, Tri-County Chemical, Inc., Eldorado, IL
Steve Meyerholz, Eldon C Stutsman, Inc., Hills, IA
Robert Mullen, PostashCorp, Wooster, OH
Larry Murphy, Murphy Agro, Manhattan, KS
Dan Peeno, International Raw Materials Ltd., Spokane, WA
Bob Ruebel, Nachurs Alpine Solutions, Olivia, MN
Dave Schwartz, Verdesian life Sciences, Ankeny, IA
Russel Sides , Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Julian Smith, CZO Agronomics, LLC, Carrizozo, NM
R. Hovey (Hov) Tinsman III, Twin State, Inc., Davenport, IA
D.J. Willard, Jr., Willard Agri-Service, Inc., Frederick, MD
Yebin Zhao, CF Industries, Deerfield, IL


Banks, Brian, The Andersons, Hastings, NE

Past chair

Corrigan, Ed, Brandt, Springfield, IL

Research and Education Committee Members

Abi-Ghanem, Rita, Bio Huma Netics, Gilbert, AZ
Alley, Mark,
Koch Fertilizer, Blacksburg, VA
Banks, Brian,
The Andersons, Hastings, NE
Bauer, Missy, 
B&M Crop Consulting, Coldwater, MI 
Binford, Greg,
Wilbur-Ellis Company, Whitestown, IN
Brown, Randy, 
Winfield United, Kearney, NE 
Bruice, Carl,
Wilbur-Ellis, Rio Linda, CA 
Cornelious, Brian,
Agricen, Frisco, TX 
Easterwood, Bill,
Yara North America Inc., Tampa, FL 
Fairweather, Tom,
Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc., Dundee, OR 
Gerecke, Tom,
Actagro, LLC, Biola, CA
Goretskie, Sean, Potash Corp, Northbrook, IL
Griffin, John,
Crop Production Services, Inc., Flower Mound, TX
Harbison, Ryan, Tri-County Fertilizer, Inc., Eldorado, IL
Lohry, Raun,
1 M Solutions, Dakota Dunes, SD
Luftkin, Chris S. ,
ICL Premium Fertilizers, Portland, MI 
McDonald, Ray,
Can Grow Crop Solutions, Inc., Alvinston, ON, Canada
Jamie, SLTEC Fertilizers, Tongala, Victoria, Australia
Mullen, Jeff, Deere and Company, Moline, IL
Mullen, Robert, PotashCorp, Wooster, OH
Murphy, Larry, Murphy Agro, Manhattan, KS
Pflum, Joe, Nachurs Apline Solutions, Inc., Milton, IN
Stewart, Mike, International Plant Nutrition Institute, San Antonio, TX
Stites, Leon, Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc., Kansas City, MO
van Buren, Ned, Fluid Journal Editor, Greensboro, NC
Weirich, Jason, MFA Incorporated, Columbia, MO
Woolsey, Herbert L., Woolsey Bros. Farm Supply Inc., Vandalia, IL
Zhao, Yebin, CF Industries, Deerfield, IL


Bill Lohry


Ned Van Buren

managing editors

Dale Leikam
Larry Murphy
D.J. Willard
Raun Lohry
Julian Smith
Bill Easterwood

Editorial Advisory board

Raun Lohry, Chair
Mark Alley
Rita Abi-Ghanem
Brian Banks
Missy Bauer
Greg Binford
Randy Brown
Carl Bruice
Brian Cornelious
Ed Corrigan
Mark Davis
Bill Easterwood
Tom Fairweather
Tom Gerecke
John Griffin
Chris Lufkin
Ray McDonald
Jamie McMaster
Galen Mooso
Jeff Mullen
Robert Mullen
Larry Murphy
Scott Orrock
Joe Pflum
Mike Steward
Leon Stiles
Jason Weirich
Herbert Woolsey
Yebin Zhao