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Issue No. 22, Article 1/September 1, 2006

Welcome to Fabián Fernandez

I take this opportunity to introduce you to Fabián Fernandez, our department's recently hired Extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management. After interviews were concluded late in 2005, Fabián accepted the position vacated by Dr. Robert Hoeft when Bob was selected as the head of the Department of Crop Sciences. Fabián's responsibilities will be 75% Extension and 25% research, and he will focus on significant issues regarding soil fertility and nutrient management to address producers' needs.

Fabián, a native of Argentina, earned his M.S. from Brigham Young University in 2002 and recently (July) received his Ph.D. in soil fertility/plant nutrition from Purdue University. For his Ph.D., Fabián studied K bioavailability of no-till soils to gain a better understanding of the relationship between K soil dynamics and plant development. He will build on the skills he developed at Brigham Young and Purdue to develop his Extension and research program at the University of Illinois.

Fabián has been on the job for less than a month, but he welcomes your input. Many of you will meet Fabián for the first time during the forthcoming "winter meeting season," but don't hesitate to contact him before then. His telephone number is (217)333-4424; his e-mail address is fernande@uiuc.edu. We are very pleased to have Fabián as a new member of the Extension team. Please help us make him feel welcome as he begins his career in Illinois.--Kevin Steffey

Kevin Steffey

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