"Harvey Meredith was born in the depths of the Great Depression and experienced the school of ""hard knocks"" while growing up in a family of 13 children. He was trained as a research scientist and applied his training and experience in compiling this writing. He received a Ph.D. in soil physics from Purdue University. He is a retired Air Force Civil Engineer, attaining the rank of Colonel. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Air War College. He served as Regional Director for the National Fertilizer Development Center and was Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota, and a member of the University of Minnesota Graduate Faculty. He is the father of two children and six grandchildren and resides in Waco. Texas."