Congratulations to FFTC's 50th Anniversary. Since I was a master graduate student of the National Taiwan University (NTU) in 1981, I started to participate in the international conferences organized by FFTC through the introduction of my adviser, Prof. Kun-Huang Houng and thesis committee member, Prof. Tzo-Chuan Juang, who is the former director of FFTC. After I completed my Ph.D. and I came back to Taiwan from the U.S. and employed by NTU as a faculty member on 1989, I continuously attended the workshops held by FFTC till now. In 2003, as a conference secretary worked with my colleague, Prof. Zueng-Sang Chen, who is the former part-time consultant of FFTC, I had the honor to co-organize the 6th ESAFS International Conference on Soil Management Technology on Low-productivity and Degraded Soils with FFTC. In 2014, I was invited as a resource speaker in the International Seminar on Management and Remediation Technologies of Rural Soils Contaminated with Heavy Metals and Radioactive Materials organized by FFTC. In 2018, I was grateful to be invited by Prof. Kuo-Ching Lin, Director of FFTC, to serve as a part-time consultant to help organize two workshops related to soil and plant tissue analysis and smart use of fertilizers. At the same time, as an Associate Dean of College of Bioresources and Agriculture of NTU, I am glad to have many opportunities to work with colleagues of FFTC to host our common foreign guests when they visited Taiwan.
After 40 years of involvement, I benefited a lot from FFTC and strongly believe that the Center has played a very important role in collecting, exchanging, and disseminating information on topics related to modern agriculture and contributed a lot to the small farm needs in the Asian and Pacific Region. In its 50th Anniversary, I wish FFTC can sustain its immense role forever.
Dar-Yuan Lee, Ph.D.
Department of Agricultural Chemistry,
National Taiwan University