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Nutrients for Life Foundation Selects Melissa Raburn as Regional Representative in Florida

Friday, August 18th, 2017
Nutrients for Life Foundation Selects Melissa Raburn as Regional Representative in Florida PLANT CITY, Florida (May 18, 2017) - The Nutrients for Life Foundation announced the selection of Melissa Raburn as regional representative in Florida. Raburn will provide grassroots educational and public awareness services in the state of Florida. Her primary role will be to work with primary and secondary educators in the school system to promote the Foundation’s plant and soil science curriculum, Nourishing the Plant in the 21st Century. She will also work with industry members to share the Foundation’s core programs and enhance community relations. Raburn began her duties on August 14. “Florida plays a critical and unique role in not only the U.S. fertilizer industry, but the entire food production system,” said Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer.  “Melissa comes to us with a background in education and agriculture that makes her perfectly suited to work with educators and communities teaching the value of sustainable fertilizer use.” Raburn joined the Nutrients for Life team in August. Raburn is a 7th generation Floridian with strong ties to the agricultural industry.  With her personal background as a past State FFA President, former Agriculture Educator and former employee of Florida Farm Bureau Federation, she brings a broad base of experience to the table.  In addition, she works for her family’s strawberry and vegetable farm based out of Dover, Florida. “Agriculture education has been a long-time passion of mine, and this position will allow me the opportunity to help spread the word about all that we are doing to feed our growing population,” said Raburn. “The hands-on, interactive curriculum teaches students about plant and soil science, and just as importantly, it opens their eyes to the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the agricultural industry.” With successful regional representatives based in California, Ohio,…

Fertilizer & Sustainability School Media Contest

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
Fertilizer & Sustainability School Media Contest Calling all creative minds!  Fertilizer - Life's Main Ingredient Contest is a creative way to showcase fertilizer and sustainability. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program is the cornerstone piece of fertilizer sustainability. How is sustainability implemented in your school while working toward growing enough food to feed a growing population? Express your talents using the 2017 theme: Fertilizer - Life's Main Ingredient. This program is available to Science and Agriculture Classes (7-12th grades).  Each class can submit one video or poster per classroom or entries can also be submitted by individual students.  (Each class  can have a contest within your school to decide which project is submitted to represent your classroom). The top 5 posters and top 5 videos chosen in each state will state be recognized as winners.  The first place winner in each state will go on to compete in the National Contest against other state winners for $1,000. The deadline for submission is September 22, 2017. Winners will be announced on October 13, 2017 - World Fertilizer Day. Encourage your classes to participate and your school could win $1,000! Learn more now!

Nutrients for Life Foundation All-Star Teachers Attend 2017 Teacher Retreat

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Thirteen educators from around the country met in Amarillo, Texas, for the 3rd Nutrients for Life Teachers Retreat. These science and agriculture teachers met to discuss the desired path for future materials and programs for the Foundation. The teachers examined components of the Nutrients for Life resources and arrived at a 'top ten' list of priorities that will benefit teachers that teach soil science and plant nutrients. The list included the creation of digitized curriculum, posters, and, readers, an ambassador program, career videos, and professional development hours. Thanks to Agrium US, the teachers were able to tour the newly expanded Borger nitrogen facility and learn how urea is made. Through this experience the teachers gained valuable insight into fertilizer production which they can bring back to their students so they can have a better understanding of farming and crop production. Stay tuned for upcoming changes and additions in the Foundation's resources from new ideas at the meeting. Read the Press Release now!

Let It Grow! contest

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Discovery Education and the Nutrients for Life Foundation have joined forces again to give six lucky schools a chance to win big with the second annual Let It Grow Contest from the partnership program,  From the Ground Up:The Science of Soil. Open to educators and community adults nationwide, the Let It Grow Contest encourages entrants to vote DAILY for a middle school* of their choice for a chance to win an agricultural grant, which could be used towards a school garden or gardening supplies, professional development, and more! Check out the Prizing: One Grand Prize winning school will receive a $5,000 agricultural grant and an introduction to a local agronomist! Five Runners-Up will each win a $1,000 agricultural grant and an opportunity to win a celebratory school assembly. Entering is Easy: Answer five soil related quiz questions to unlock the contest application Find your school Provide your contact information Most importantly, come back and enter daily Don't forget to share with your friends for extra entry opportunities! *includes all 6-8 public, private and parochial schools, or schools with a middle component, e.g. K-12 institutions 

2015-2016 Helping Communities Grow FFA Program Winners

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
There were many outstanding applications in our Helping Communities Grow program with 100 total participating FFA chapters across 17 states reaching over 600,000 community members. The program challenged FFA chapters to investigate and discover the critical role fertilizer plays in improving plant health for an abundant, affordable, and safe food supply. (more…)

Fertilizing the Garden with the 4R’s of Nutrient Management

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
The garden looks green and healthy. I spent the last hour pulling weeds! Boy, do they grow fast! The carrots are thinner than I want and my green bean stand is weak as well. I will plant a few more rows of green beans to make up for what didn’t germinate earlier this spring. I have spent hours planting, watering, tilling, hoeing, weeding and now it’s time to fertilize! (more…)

Onion Creek Elementary Wins Let It Grow Contest

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Through our partnership with Discovery Education, Nutrients for Life launched the Let It Grow Contest this spring.  This first-annual contest awards more than $10,000 in prizes to six middle schools nationwide as part of From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil, an education initiative that offers middle school students a deeper understanding of the importance of soil science. Educators, parents, and community members were invited to enter the Let It Grow Contest by answering soil-related questions and voting daily for a middle school of their choice. (more…)

Columbus Soil Science School Tour

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Written by Nutrients for Life's Ohio Representative Margo Long There’s something so rewarding about working in an industry that provides food to the world’s population! Who knew agriculture could be full of endless opportunities to learn, to grow, and to be an important contributor to the world’s food supply? (more…)

Pick Strawberries Near You!

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Today is Pick Strawberries Day! Have you and your family been out to pick these delicious berries right off the plant yet this spring? There's something wonderful about fresh strawberries eaten straight from the plant.  With each bite, one can taste the careful care taken to produce the delicious red fruit. (more…)

New Resource: Elementary Interactive Lessons

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Turn your classroom into a virtual lab with these six interactive lesson plans designed to engage varied learners, enhance digital literacy, and increase overall retention of core concepts. Nutrients for Life Foundation is proud to provide ready-to-go slide decks, called Interactive Lesson Plans, for teachers. Each lesson corresponds to the Foundation’s Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century elementary curriculum. Available via download, the Interactive Lessons provide enriching visuals and interactive opportunities for students to gain a deep understanding of soil and crop nutrients. Take a look! (more…)

5 Fun Activities to Celebrate Earth Day!

Monday, April 18th, 2016
Dig into the Earth on Earth day. Less than 3% of the entire Earth’s surface is ideal for growing our food.  So why not, dig in and experience it. Here are some fun ideas: (more…)