Your Complete Partner

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If you are involved in the production of food, feed, fiber, or fuel from crops, the Foundation for Agronomic Research (FAR) works for you. Whether you are a producer or a supplier of inputs and services, or are part of the industry of agriculture — or even if you are a consumer, you have a vested interest in FAR.

FAR sponsors research on cropping systems, nutrient management, and related topics. FAR was founded in 1980 by the Potash & Phosphate Institute (PPI). Over the past quarter century, FAR has become a leading facilitator of research and education programs in crop production systems for North America. FAR’s primary role is to raise funds to support applied research on nutrient management, crop production, and technology applications in crop and soil management. FAR also coordinates a variety of education programs, including the InfoAg Conference series that has been the primary venue for exchanging ideas and experience about applications for precision farming. Various workshops on production systems, agronomic science, technology applications, and computer-based training materials on several related subjects round out the FAR educational programs.

FAR depends upon contributions. With base support from the fertilizer industry, FAR collects contributions from agribusiness corporations, dealers, farmers, and individuals, and leverages these as matching support in applying for grants from government agencies, commodity groups, check-off programs, and other sources. Many times, contributor dollars have been leveraged to generate total research support of over four times the amount received from the contributor.

By making a contribution, you can help FAR maintain and expand the production research that supports your business. By making a five-year commitment, you can help FAR support long-term studies at universities across North America. We need to get more production-oriented students into the system to maintain our brain-power for production research. Sixty contributions at $500 each would support a graduate student.

Gaining A Tax Deduction

Since FAR is a non-profit organization, contributions often qualify for tax deductions, just as any other charitable donation. Details of how to contribute to FAR are posted on the FAR Web site, www.farmresearch.com.

The FAR Web site also provides links to FAR-supported research and educational programs. Most of them have been managed in cooperation with the North American programs of PPI, which became incorporated into the new International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) on Jan. 1. FAR will continue to partner with IPNI, and IPNI will continue to provide support in the field from its regional directors, who maintain close working relationships with university and industry staff across North America. The broader scope of IPNI (now including all crop nutrients) also will help broaden the scientific support base of FAR programs. Since IPNI is worldwide, FAR will also benefit from the broader IPNI scientific involvement.

With your help, FAR can expand its efforts to provide the research and educational programs that are critical to leading your business, and meeting the needs of your customers, FAR into the future!

Reetz is president of Reetz Agronomics, and in 2010 retired as president of the Foundation for Agronomic Research (FAR). He is also a member of the PrecisionAg Advisory Council.

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