Archive for the ‘Spreading the Word’ Category

Helping Communities Grow 2012-2013 Winners and Project Summaries

Friday, January 17th, 2014
  The Helping Communities Grow outreach program is administered by the Nutrients for Life Foundation and is offered to FFA chapters. The Helping Communities Grow award program encourages FFA members to teach others about the importance of fertilizer and the role that it plays in one of two categories:  1) providing a safe and nourishing food supply; or 2) keeping the Earth green. In 2013, seventy-four FFA chapters were awarded for creating hands-on innovative programs to educate and engage their community on plant nutrition, fertilizer, soil science and crop related agricultural issues and the positive and critical role they play in food production. The top three chapters in each state and in the At-Large category received monetary awards of $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000 for first, second and third place. All other participants were awarded $500. “I am so impressed with the quality of projects we received in our Helping Communities Grow FFA chapter recognition program,” said Nutrients for Life Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “It gives us great honor to award these checks to such deserving students. Not only did they educate fellow students and their communities about the important value of fertilizer, they expanded their leadership ability, communication skills and knowledge base during the year-long projects.”     At-Large First Place: Plateau Valley FFA, Colorado The Plateau Valley FFA members conducted an experiment on lettuce by studying how different types and rates of fertilizers effect plant growth. As a result, they learned soil type and quality had a large influence on their ability to grow the lettuce. Their experiment was conducted on growing stands they constructed out of wood and PVC pipe.  FFA members reported that the most rewarding part of the project was serving lettuce to community members at their annual FFA banquet and knowing it was FFA…

Haley and Debra Go To Farm Progress Show!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
With more than 500 exhibitors and 300 acres of field demonstration, Farm Progress Show is the place to be!  The show is the nation’s largest outdoor annual farm show and Nutrients for Life wouldn't miss it.  (more…)

Smithsonian Exhibit Satisfies Food History Craving

Friday, September 6th, 2013
From the time you step off the curb, you begin experiencing the Smithsonian through their expansive gardens. About 20 Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia recently took a “field trip” to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. (more…)

Julie’s Great Experience at the 4R Retreat

Friday, August 16th, 2013
By Julie Buratowski, Foundation Education Specialist   Last week, I had to opportunity to join some of my colleagues in Ottawa, Canada to attend a 4R Nutrient Stewardship retreat. (more…)

Fascinated with Fertilizer

Monday, June 24th, 2013
In agriculture, we are trying very hard to get the word out: we feed the world. Our mission is to produce a large and safe food supply in a way that is environmentally sound and beneficial. Another organization telling the agriculture story is Illinois Farm Families. They have opened their farms to Chicago area moms; moms who want to know how their food is grown. They bring along their cameras and notepads and share with their peers what they see, hear and learn on the farm. (more…)

What’s soil got to do with it?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
What’s soil got to do with it? Everything! It is a non-renewable natural resource that is the key ingredient in food, fiber and fuel production. Agriculture is the only essential industry on earth, and we must continue to share our message and methods to those who are not in the industry but consume our products. (more…)

Tour of a Potash Mine

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
I have heard that potash was a natural resource and mined underground, never had I considered going underground to confirm those facts, until I was invited on a tour with the rest of my Nutrients for Life colleagues. We met in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and drove about forty-five miles to the PotashCorp Allan Plant. Upon arrival, our guide gave us disposable white jump suits to wear to protect our clothing. I appreciated the protection but not necessarily the “flattering” style. Hard hats, protective glasses and flashlights were also issued. (more…)

A year in review for Colorado’s Regional Representative

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Farmers in Colorado harvest a variety of fruits and vegetables, including peaches, apples, cantaloupe, potatoes and onions. A key ingredient in the production of these foods is fertilizer. At Nutrients for Life, our mission is to tell the story of fertilizer and let others know how essential crop nutrients feed the world. Colorado’s regional representative, Jerry Alldredge, joined the Nutrients for Life team in February 2012 and has spent the past year carrying out the mission of the Foundation in Colorado. When asked about his new role Jerry said: (more…)

A Year in Review for Illinois’s Regional Representative

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Of the 76,000 farms covering the 28 million acres of farmland in Illinois, 94 percent are family owned and operated. These families rely on the fertile loess soil to feed their own families, as well as, produce corn, soybeans, and other agricultural commodities that feed and fuel our world. To keep our farmlands fertile, farmers add crop nutrients back to the soil that was depleted by the previous crop. The three essential nutrients required by crops are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Without these nutrients, plants would be weak and less productive. (more…)

A Year in Review for California, Idaho and Washington’s Regional Representative

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Through the development of educational resources and an outreach campaign to people across the country, the Nutrients for Life Foundation informs the public of the role nutrients play in both the production of a nutritious and abundant food supply, as well as, the preservation of healthy green spaces. Plant nutrients, especially nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are required to keep our parks, gardens, playgrounds, sports fields and golf courses green and healthy in communities from coast-to-coast. (more…)

A Year in Review for Florida’s Regional Representative

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Phosphate rock is one of Florida’s most abundant resources. Farmers all over the world use this natural resource to grow our food. With a large amount of phosphorus coming from Florida, it is important to educate the state’s citizens about why phosphorus, as well as nitrogen, potassium and other plant nutrients, play an important role in getting food on our plates! (more…)