New IFS President

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The International Fertiliser Society (IFS) has elected Mr John Peace, formerly Managing Director and Founder of the specialist sulphur trading company J & S Technical Services Ltd (JSTECH) as their new President. John has over 40 years' experience of fertilisers and related issues and is keen to broaden the reach of the Society, taking it into the next decade.

The International Fertiliser Society (IFS) held it's Spring General Meeting and AGM at the Geological Society, Piccadilly, London just before Easter. At the AGM, John Peace was elected President, and Mr Peter Scott, Technical Director of Carrs Fertilisers Ltd was elected as Vice-President. Both will serve for the following twelve months.

Mr Peace said: "I'm delighted to take on the role of President of IFS. The world economic climate and the on-going restructuring of the wider fertiliser trade has had a marked effect on this industry. Fortunately it has had little effect on membership, and we have a programme of exciting new developments for 2011. These include a complete restructuring of the website,, and a fresh approach to the Society's December Conference at Cambridge University, entitled 'Fertilisers Fuel Foods'.

The AGM was held in conjunction with the Society's Spring General Meeting. An audience from nearly a dozen countries heard four excellent papers on Life Cycle Assessment, EU REACH, Emissions Trading System Phase III and the 27th Francis New Memorial Lecture by Dr Jacques Neeteson on Nutrient Recycling and Ecosystem Services.

IFS is the international forum for the discussion and dissemination of knowledge of scientific, technical, environmental, economic and safety aspects of the production, marketing, use and application of fertilisers with over 500 members.

The International Fertiliser Society was founded in 1947. Membership is personal and is open to all; it currently covers almost 50 countries world-wide.

The published Proceedings of the Society Meetings are one of the major publicly available sources of information on fertiliser production and use, and on crop nutrition. There are approximately 700 of these scientific papers and presentations listed on the website, and they cost only £12.50 each.

Dr Francis New became the first Secretary of the Fertiliser Society, now The International Fertiliser Society.

Following his untimely death in 1957, the then Council of The Fertiliser Society resolved to perpetuate his memory and commemorate his outstanding services both to the fertiliser industry at that time and to the Society itself, by establishing a Francis New Memorial Lecture. It was resolved that the lecture should be given by a prominent figure in the industry and that the chosen lecturer should be presented with an appropriate medal. The first Francis New Lecture was given in 1959 and the event has been held at two-yearly intervals ever since.

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