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New group will study global crop production

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), a new agronomic organization with the goal of helping farmers achieve yields with efficienty nutrient management, has been established.

The board of directors of the Potash and Phosphate Institute (PPI) will provide scientific staff to the organization, and by the end of 2006, PPI will be fully integrated into IPNI. Thereafter, PPI will no longer exist.

"The new organization will be composed of fertilizer industry companies that are basic producers of nitrogen (N) and/or phosphate (P) and/or potash (K) and/or sulfur (S) for agricultural use," says PPI chairman William Doyle. "Large retail organizations that will not qualify as basic producers of N, P, K, or S may qualify as associate members. The purpose is to help provide a coordinated scientific foundation for fertilizer nutrient use and to scientifically address associated environmental issues."

Dr. Terry L. Roberts of Norcross, Georgia, will serve as the first president of IPNI.

"IPNI wants to help farmers achieve yields near their potential while using plant nutrients effectively and efficiently. Proper nutrient management is critical to farmer profitability and environmental protection," Roberts says. "Our research and education programs will help Midwest farmers do a better job with their nutrient management."

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), a new agronomic organization with the goal of helping farmers achieve yields with efficienty nutrient management, has been established.

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