Fertilizer Research Forum

MARCH 18 - 20, 2024 | Hilton Fort Worth | Fort Worth, Texas

The FERT Foundation’s Fertilizer Research Forum brings together industry thought leaders and academia to collaborate and encourage innovation in soil fertility science. The Forum provides a platform for researchers to share their most recent findings with industry, agencies, and other academics. Sessions will include updates on projects funded by the Fertilizer Industry through the FERT Foundation as well as research supported by outside sources.

Previously known as the Fluid Fertilizer Forum, The Fertilizer Research Forum is widening beyond fluid fertilizer to include research relevant to the many sectors of the broader fertilizer industry. Projects previously funded by the Foundation of Agronomic Research (FAR) 4R Research Fund and Fluid Fertilizer Foundation will now be presented at The FERT Foundation’s Fertilizer Research Forum.

In addition to research project updates, the Forum will provide the most recent research findings that address our wider industry and global challenges, such as science aimed to improve water and air quality in agronomic systems or research on new products like biostimulants.

The Fertilizer Research Forum is designed to inform attendees on relevant topics in fertilizer research, spur innovative discussion, and bring together our industry’s scientific leaders. 


Who should attend?

  • Industry Members
    • Leaders, Managers, Scientists, & Agronomists
  • Academia
    • Researchers, PIs, and Graduate Students
  • Agency Members
    • Researchers/Scientists, Directors
  • Media Members


The Forum is a place where public and private industry science and research intersect. The Forum provides opportunities for industry members, public researchers, agencies members, and media members to learning about the pressing scientific issues and exchange ideas.

The Forum is not just for scientists, but for all agricultural industry professionals looking to broaden their knowledge on research that impacts our fertilizer industry and policy makers. Furthermore, the Forum is an excellent opportunity to meet the scientists that publish research that can impact our industry, and the public policy on fertilizer issues.

Come meet the scientists that impact our industry, learn about a new research topic, and take something back to your improve your business.

How many attend?

The Fertilizer Research Forum is a new event to the FERT Foundation and has no past registration numbers. However, the former event held by the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation, the Fluid Forum, brought roughly 120 attendees annually.

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Registration Fees:
Member Rate: $375
Non-Member Rate: $475


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International Attendees: For international attendees wishing to pay by another payment method, please contact Valerie Sutton at [email protected]Please note: The Fertilizer Institute is not responsible for foreign check or wire transaction processing fees not included in the actual transfer. Attendees will be required to pay the fee if the check is not drawn on a U.S. bank or if a wire transaction processing fee is not included in the actual transfer.

Cancellations must be received via email to Valerie Sutton, [email protected] by January 3, 2024 for a refund of the registration fee (less 25% administrative fee). No telephone cancellations are accepted. After January 3, 2024, all registrations will be non-refundable. No-show attendees will not be refunded. Substitutions are accepted and may be made by contacting TFI's conference department or on-site. Refunds for payments made by check will be processed within two weeks following the conference.

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Business Casual

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March 18

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Texas Foyer
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Citizens A&B
TFI Research Committee Meeting
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Skylight Court
Opening Reception

March 19

7:30 am - 5:00 pm | Texas Foyer
8:00 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 10:00 am | Texas Ballroom
Opening Keynote

Andrew Margenot | Distinguishing fertilizer vs non-fertilizer phosphorus in the terrestrial-aquatic continuum

10:00 am - 10:30 am | Texas Ballroom
Research Updates

10:00 am - 10:30 am | Michael Daniels | The benefits of 4R nutrient management and conservation practices on water quality and use efficiency

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Texas Ballroom
Research Updates

11:00 am - 11:30 am | Patrick Brown & Dante Leventini | Nitrate-sensitive salinity management: 4R Micro-irrigation to optimize nutrient and water uptake


11:30 am - 12:00 am | Margherita Germani | Understanding and Characterizing Potassium Soil and Plant Variability in the Almond System to Improve Potassium Management

12:00 am - 12:30 pm | Katie Lewis | Developing a Fertigation Strategy for Cotton using Subsurface Drip Irrigation

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm | East Promenade
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Texas Ballroom
Research Updates

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Bryan Hopkins | Stacking the 4Rs in Potato

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Jared Williams | 4R Nutrient Management for Wheat in the Western U.S.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Dan Olk | Interactions of a Humic Product with Nitrogen Fertilizer on Corn Production in Central Iowa

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Coffee Break
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Texas Ballroom
Research Updates

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Grubir Singh | Site-Specific Sulfur Source and Placement for Soybean Planted on Topographic Positions


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Pedro Andrade Sanchez | Spatial and temporal N management for irrigated vegetable production systems

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm | Skylight Court

March 20

7:30 am - 12:00 pm | Texas Foyer
8:00 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 10:30 am | Texas Ballroom
Research Updates

9:00 am - 9:30 am | Jagman Dhillon | Predicting Nitrogen and Sulfur deficiency in Corn using Optical Sensors


9:30 am - 10:00 am | Lindsay Pease | Do newly drained fields need revised fertility recommendations?

10:00 am - 10:30 am | William Frame | An integrated approach for nitrogen management in upland cotton

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Texas Ballroom
Closing Keynote

Alison Eagle | NutriNet: A collaborative nitrogen research success story

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Reservation Cut-off Date: March 1, 2024. 

Rates: $199 per night

Cancellation Policy: Guest Room reservations are subject to the hotel's Cancellation Policy.


Dan Olk

Dan Olk is a soil biochemist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service and works at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. He is a Ph.D. graduate (1993) of the University of California, Davis and worked for eight years at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines before his employment with the USDA-ARS (2001-present). Since 2009 Dr. Olk has conducted field evaluations of humic products in corn─soybean rotations of the U.S. Midwest, studying the efficacy of humic products for improving crop growth as influenced by environmental variables, including annual weather patterns and soil type.  Field research has also addressed responses by corn structural biochemistry and root growth to humic products, and more recently has studied long-term benefits to soil physical properties.

Alison Eagle

Dr. Alison Eagle works as a Senior Scientist for the Climate-Smart Agriculture team at Environmental Defense Fund. She conducts research and provides scientific support on issues related to field-crop nutrient management, soil carbon and other aspects of agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation and climate resilience. Dr. Eagle’s research translates agronomic, soil science and economic data to help decision makers access sound scientific evidence. Recent publications include syntheses and meta-analyses on nitrous oxide and nitrate losses and address issues of on-farm nitrogen management, research data standardization, and metrics for quantifying environmental outcomes from agricultural management interventions. Before joining EDF more than seven years ago, Dr. Eagle worked as a research scientist at Duke University. She holds a PhD from Wageningen University (2009), a MS from the  University of California–Davis (2000) and a BSc from the University of Alberta (1997).

Jared Williams

Dr. Jared D. Williams is a professor of crop and soil science at Brigham Young University-Idaho where he teaches courses and conducts research in soil and nutrient management. Jared is a two time U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Cambodia where he has taught classes and conducted research in soil health at the Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He as a Ph.D. in soil science from North Carolina State University, M.S. in agronomy from the University of Missouri, and a B.S. in crop and soil science from Brigham Young University.

Lindsay Pease

Dr. Lindsay Pease is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is stationed at the Northwest Research & Outreach Center in the heart of the Red River Basin of the North. Prior to coming to Minnesota in 2018, Dr. Pease evaluated the water quality outcomes of agricultural best management practices in Ohio's Western Lake Erie Basin watershed with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and with The Ohio State University where she earned her Ph.D. Dr. Pease’s research and outreach programming is focused on balancing agricultural productivity with environmental stewardship. She is currently working to adapt the lessons learned from the Western Lake Erie Basin to the Red River Basin’s unique cropping systems and climate.

Mike Daniels

Dr. Mike Daniels has served as a Soil and Water Conservation Specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service for the past twenty-seven years.  During this time, Dr. Daniels has developed and implemented innovative Extension programs as well as conducted applied research to help agricultural producers and conservation professionals address soil- and water-related issues facing Arkansas agriculture.  His program has emphasized the development of partners to work collectively to increase the knowledge and application of soil and water conservation practices to improve water quality, soil health, increase irrigation water use efficiency and reduce nutrient losses in runoff.


He is Director of the Arkansas Discovery Farms program where the impact of agricultural practices on water resources are documented on private farms and agricultural producers are included in the solution process in resolving water-related issues.  He also co-leads the Arkansas Soil Health Extension Team and served as Chair of SERA-46, a workgroup of land-grant universities from 13 States in the Mississippi river basin that works with the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force.  He has held several leadership positions with state, regional and national professional organizations. 


He has been married to Tricia for almost 36 years has three grown sons and a grandson, Canyon.  He enjoys trout fishing, Razorback sports and visiting state and national parks.

Gurbir Singh

Singh’s faculty appointment includes research and Extension responsibilities in applied soil science-agroecology and landscape position management. He serves as State Extension Specialist for landscape position management. His research is focused on spatial/temporal modeling of nutrient dynamics in the plant, soil, water, and gaseous phases ranging from plot scale to watershed scale. His program includes developing prescription models for landscape position-based research. His research also involves understanding the effects of management practices such as cover crops, tillage, and topography on crop yields, soil and water quality in row crop production systems. At the Northern Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center, his program emphasizes nutrient management for sustainable crop production that reduces the environmental effects of farming practices at the field and farm scale.

Andrew Margenot

Andrew Margenot is a soil scientist and biogeochemist who joined the faculty at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017, where he is currently Associate Professor. Dr. Margenot leads a research team that combines soil science and agronomy to understand the biogeochemical processes that underpin agroecosystem function. A key emphasis of his research group is optimizing nutrient use efficiency for agronomic and environmental sustainability of agriculture.   

Margherita Germani

I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Land and Agroforestry Science and my Master's Degree in Vegetable Biotechnology and Crop Production at the University of Bologna (Italy). I am now a PhD candidate in Patrick H Brown’s lab at the University of California Davis, focusing on K dynamics in the almond system.

Patrick Brown

Dr. Patrick Brown is the Professor of Plant Nutrition at the University of California, Davis - USA. He received his B.Sc. in 1984 from Adelaide University, Australia and Ph.D. from Cornell University, USA in 1988.  Dr. Brown has authored more than 250 scientific journal articles and numerous books and is among the highest cited experts in plant nutrition, biostimulants, boron, foliar fertilizers and horticulture. Dr. Brown is recognized globally as a leader in both basic and applied plant nutrition and has served as a member of numerous scientific and technical committees for governmental agencies including US-EPA, USDA, Californian Dept. Food and Ag and the International Standards Organization. Dr. Brown is a member of the IFA’s Science Panel for the Responsible Use of Fertilizers.

Dr. Brown has received many awards national and international for excellence in research and extension.

Jagmandeep Dhillon

Jagmandeep Dhillon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University. His current research focuses on corn agronomics with topics encompassing precision nutrient management, optimization of corn management practices, and understanding the impact of climate change on southern crop production. He received his Ph.D. in Soil Science and M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences from Oklahoma State University in 2019 and 2016, respectively.

William Frame

Dr. William “Hunter” Frame is a Virginia native and graduate of Virginia Tech (B.S. and Ph. D.) as well as the University of Tennessee Knoxville (M.S.). He major in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and Plant Sciences with his advanced degrees focused on nitrogen fertilizer management in winter wheat, corn and burley tobacco systems. He has been a faculty member at Virginia Tech since May 2012 as the Field Crop Agronomist where his program focuses on agronomic issues in cotton production and enhanced efficiency nitrogen fertilizer management in non-legume field crops. Currently he is serving as the project director on the TFI 4R funded grant ($874,980): An integrated approach for nitrogen management in Upland Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) across the U.S. Cotton Belt from 2019 – 2024. When not running his research and Extension program Dr. Frame enjoys watching his daughter on the softball field and bow hunting whitetail deer.

Katie Lewis

Dr. Katie Lewis received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Soil Science from Texas A&M University in 2010 and 2014 after completing her B.S. in Chemistry from Sam Houston State University in 2008. She joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas Tech University faculty in September 2014. As an Associate Professor of Soil Chemistry and Fertility, Dr. Lewis is provided the opportunity through research, service, and teaching to enhance the agricultural sustainability of the Texas High Plains which is vitally essential to both Texas and the nation. The major focus areas of Dr. Lewis’ program include: 1) determining sustainable regenerative management practices in semi-arid ecoregions; 2) optimizing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium management in cotton; and 3) evaluating alternative practices and products (e.g. fertilizer formulations and soil amendments). She is determined to optimize management strategies for cotton producers across the Texas High Plains and the Cotton Belt of the United States to ensure the longevity of their farming operations while conserving our soil and water resources. Dr. Lewis currently serves as the Chair of the Land Management & Conservation Section (ASA) and has chaired the Cover Crop Management Community. She has been the chair of the Great Plains Soil Fertility Planning Board since 2020. She has authored or co-authored 46 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters. Dr. Lewis’ program has received $5.6 million in federal, state, and local funds ($36.2 million to all project investigators). She has mentored to completion eight M.S. students and six Ph.D. students. She is an associate editor of the Agrosystems, Geosciences, and Environment Journal and the Agronomy Journal.

She is married to her wonderful husband, Clay, and has two beautiful children, Kadence and Cade.

Pedro Andrade-Sanchez

Pedro Andrade-Sanchez is an Associate Professor - Specialist in Precision Agriculture at The University of Arizona. He is affiliated with the Department of Biosystems Engineering and is stationed at The Maricopa Agricultural Center. Dr. Andrade-Sanchez earned his Ph.D in agricultural engineering from the University of California Davis in 2004 where his research focused on soil dynamics applied to tillage and sub-soil compaction. In 2006 he worked at the Center for Precision Agricultural Systems at Washington State University where he performed research in wireless sensor networks with applications to agriculture. Currently, Pedro leads an innovative research and extension program in precision agriculture focused on the implementation of information-intensive solutions engineered to increase efficiencies in crop production in farming systems of semi-arid lands. Dr. Andrade-Sanchez has performed extensive work in machine navigation systems, yield monitoring, variable-rate input application, electronic monitoring of ambient conditions, sensor-based characterization of crop development in various crops in Arizona. Other emphasis areas in his program include precision planting, on-the-go sensor-based weed detection, and soil respiration monitoring using low-cost electronics. Dr. Andrade-Sanchez has co-authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 12 peer-reviewed extension bulletins; three book chapters.

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The forum will cover relevant research topics in soil fertility as well as research updates on projects funded by the industry.
Wonder what kind of research the industry supports? Check out our current projects you can hear from below:

  • Stacking and intersecting nutrient and irrigation 4Rs
  • Spatial and temporal N management for irrigated vegetable production systems
  • An integrated approach for nitrogen management in upland cotton
  • Determine benefits of 4R nutrient management and conservation practices on water quality and use efficiency via the Arkansas Discovery Farm Program
  • Nitrate-sensitive salinity management: An advanced 4R practice to optimize nutrient and water uptake under micro-irrigation
  • Keep Fertilizer on the Farm: Using the 4R Framework to Support Sustainable Nutrient management in the Northern Great Plains
  • Evaluating Corn Growth and Nutrient Use Efficiency with Humic Product Application
  • In-Season Sulfur Fertilization, Source and Placement to Increase Soybean Yield and Seed Protein Concentration
  • Predicting Nitrogen and Sulfur deficiency in Corn using Optical Sensors
  • Developing a Fertigation Strategy for Cotton using Subsurface Drip Irrigation
  • Optimizing Potassium Management in Almond
  • Site-Specific Sulfur Source and Placement for Soybean Planted on Topographic Positions