Fertilizer Hall of Fame

The SWFC Fertilizer Hall of Fame program is designed to recognize those individuals that have significantly affected the fertilizer industry, both past and present. The award will recognize individuals that have retired from the fertilizer industry for more than five years, or are deceased. Nominees are accepted at any time, and will be considered for the current year by the Hall of Fame Committee when they meet in February.

The SWFC Fertilizer Hall of Fame program is designed to recognize those individuals that have significantly affected the fertilizer industry, both past and present. The award will recognize individuals that have retired from the fertilizer industry for more than five years, or are deceased. Nominees are accepted at any time, and will be considered for the current year by the Hall of Fame Committee when they meet in February.

 

Hall of Fame Members

Class of 2017

Harold Trammell, Farmers Fertilizer Co.

Harold Trammell was a very integral part of the Southwestern Fertilizer Conference since the 1930’s, including serving as its Treasurer until 2003. He owned the very successful Farmers Fertilizer Company in Texarkana for 58 years. In addition to his work experience, he was very active in his community, serving as the first President of the Gilmer, Texas Kiwanis Club; as a Board Member of the Oaklawn Bank of Texarkana from 1961-2007; and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Nelson Abell, Abell Corp.

Nelson Abell was President of Abell Corporation for 52 years. Mr. Abell He set out with a two-fold purpose: to enhance farm yields with precision-placed, fluid fertilizer and to solve the customer’s logistics problems in the timely delivery of crop nutrients with reliable application equipment and field service. As a result, he founded he founded Abell Corporation and its three operating divisions; Ouachita Fertilizer Company, Texas Liquid Fertilizer, and Poly Processing Company. Among honors he received include the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame, and the Total Person Scholar Athlete Award; an honorary doctorate from Northeast Louisiana University; and the LSU Hall of Distinction.

Class of 2016

Sam Killebrew, Killebrew Manufacturing

Best known for inventing a fertilizer trailer in 1952 that completely eliminated the manual handling of fertilizer. "Anybody who ever rode on the back of a spreader and dumped it in really thanks Mr. Killebrew!" His motto was "keep it simple" and when he saw a need he tried to provide the simplest solution possible.

Ed Krysl, TessenderloKerley, Inc.

  • Played an important role in promoting the value of sulfur in crop nutrition
  • Pioneer in promoting liquid fertilizers (only about 2% of the market when he started)
  • National Fertilizer Solutions Association (NFSA) President / Board Member for 7 years
  • Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF) President (1990, 2006) and Board Member for 16 years
  • The Fertilizer Institute board member (1989 – 1992)

Dr. Yates Smith, Tennessee Valley Authority

  • “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you”
  • Texas Plant Food Institute Outstanding Member Award
  • Texas Plant Food Institute Man of the Year Award
  • Member, American Society of Agronomy
  • Member, Council of Scientific Technologies
  • Member, Professional Ag Workers
  • PhD, Soil Physics, University of Georgia
  • Member, Sigma Xi (honorary scientific fraternity)

Class of 2015

Donald Ford, American Plant Food Corp.

In 1967, he went to work for American Plant Food where he had a successful 47 year career. He was currently serving as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President. While at American Plant Food, Donald was actively involved in the Southwest Fertilizer Conference where he served as a past chairman and a board member for approximately 10 years. In addition, Donald served as a board member of the Fertilizer Institute and the Texas Plant Food Institute.

Tom Tiefel, Olin Corporation

He began his career with Olin Corporation where he worked for well over 30 years. Tom, an agricultural expert, continued to work in the field as a consultant and served on the Southwest Fertilizer Conference Board for many years after retirement. If you didn’t know Tom – which would be surprising – you certainly know about the “Tiefel Meeting Room” named in his honor. He was a master networker and influenced many folks in the fertilizer industry.

Dr. John Douglas, National Fertilizer Development Center, TVA & Douglas Associates

“Dr. John” as he was known throughout the industry, was the Head of the Market Research Section of the National Fertilizer Development Center with the Tennessee Valley Authority, he directed all activities of fertilizer market research for TVA. He has published over 200 papers in all aspects of world fertilizer markets. Following his career with TVA, Dr. John worked as a consultant to the leading fertilizer companies in the U.S., assisting them with long-term strategic planning, production and distribution analysis, contracts, feasibility studies and policy. He served as an expert witness to various hearings of the Federal Power Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including hearings of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on fertilizer issues.