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ICI Fellowship

Members of the Society who responded to the initial questionnaire about this conference indicated clearly that they believed that work on minimum tillage in Australia would benefit through review by an overseas expert.

We are particularly grateful to ICI (Australia) Limited for establishing a Fellowship to enable the Society to achieve this aim. The ICI Fellowship has covered the cost of bringing a scientist of the Society's choice to Australia to review minimum tillage at this conference and to examine research across the country. We are grateful to many scientists in the field here and abroad for contributing to the selection.

Dr S.H. Phillips, ICI Fellow, 1982

Dr Shirley H. Phillips is Associate Director of Extension at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA. Since 1948 he has been employed by that university, first as agricultural agent then as extension agronomy specialist and Assistant Director of Extension, before being appointed to his present position last year.

With his background in extension Dr Phillips is as aware of the needs of farmers as he is of the value of research. His experience is recorded in an array of extension publications and in two books, one on no-tillage farming (with H.M. Young) and the other on no-tillage agriculture (with R.E. Phillips).

The Australian Society of Agronomy welcomes Dr Phillips to Australia and to the conference.

Thirty-year review

In the early questionnaire members were asked to nominate a field to be reviewed by a noted Australian agriculturalist and to suggest a speaker. From the suggestions offered Mr P.C. Ozanne was invited to review plant nutrition. In following the procedure adopted at the previous conference the organizers sought a leading figure, near retirement, whose experience and ideas should interest many Australian agronomists.

Peter Ozanne, a leading research worker in plant nutrition, has recently retired from CSIRO in Western Australia. The challenge he has accepted is to summarize knowledge of thirty years ago in this field and to assess directions in research and application since then.

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