Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Hansen FFA

July 06, 2012 | 10:07 am

Attention FFA advisors and students: Your chapter could win up to $5,000 through the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s Helping Communities Grow chapter program.  To find out more information, visit http://www.nutrientsforlife.org/students/helping-grow.

Idaho’s Hansen FFA chapter has earned first place in the third annual “Helping Communities Grow” FFA chapter recognition program. This is the third consecutive year Hansen FFA has won first prize and been awarded $5,000 dollars.

Hansen FFA completed six different activities throughout the year, including a broadcast where they discussed the importance of crop nutrients on a local radio talk show. FFA students also taught Nutrients for Life’s middle school curriculum to eighth graders and presented soil nutrient and fertilizer education videos at their second annual Fertilizer Education/Arbor Day Celebration. At the event, FFA students served food and hosted a guest speaker from the Department of Environmental Quality who talked to three classes about nitrate contamination in groundwater.  Additionally, Hansen FFA students distributed over 1800 water bottles with a crop nutrient message on them to the community. Finally, they created progressive highway signs with a soil nutrient jingle viewed by thousands of drivers.

Hansen FFA completed these tasks by developing partnerships with four fertilizer companies, the city of Hansen, local businesses, and the local middle school. Their primary goal was to make as many people aware of the importance of crop nutrients in feeding a growing world, and believe they were successful in achieving their goal.  Though impossible to gauge the number of people reached by activities such as the radio talk show and highway signs, it’s estimated that thousands were exposed to their educational crop nutrient message. Feedback from the community was overwhelmingly positive, and Hansen FFA is already thinking of new ideas for next year. Congratulations, Hansen’s FFA chapter, for successfully completing your project and winning first place!

By Emily Stubbs

Read more about our first place winners of the Helping Communities Grow program:

Norco FFA – California

Ft. White FFA – Florida

Hansen FFA – Idaho

West Liberty FFA – Iowa

Pettisville FFA – Ohio

Ridgemont FFA – Ohio

Colfax FFA – Washington

FFA Winners in the Helping Communities Grow program

To find out more information or download the application, visit http://www.nutrientsforlife.org/students/helping-grow.