Posts Tagged ‘FFA’

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…)

Making Connections at National FFA Convention

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
The 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo was held in Louisville, KY on October 28 – October 31, 2015.  A record breaking 64,409 FFA members and registered guests attended the annual meeting! We embrace this youth organization that puts emphasis on agricultural pursuits and exemplary leadership. During the expo, Nutrients for Life Foundation (NFLF) staff had direct communication with over 500 agricultural educators.  During this time we were able to build awareness of our curriculum, resources and the Helping Communities Grow program. New Auburn FFA members and Prairie Central FFA members helped NFLF staff work the booth and shared with attendees how the Helping Communities Grow program had impacted them, their career choices and the activities that their FFA chapter does to promote crop nutrient education. Rick, regional representative for California, Washington, and Idaho, surprised everyone on Halloween with this fantastic Phantom of the Opera costume! The opportunity to make connections with such a large group of FFA members and agricultural educators to forward our mission is invaluable to the Foundation.

Educate Your Community & Earn Money For Your FFA Chapter

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Attention FFA Chapters and FFA Advisors: Educate Your Community & Earn Money For Your FFA Chapter. The Nutrients for Life Foundation is accepting application for the 2014-2015 Helping Communities Grow program! The Foundation wants to partner with FFA chapters to educate the local community about the importance of crop nutrients in food production.  Fertilizer is responsible for 40-50% of the world’s food production. It is a key ingredient to reducing and even eliminating famine. Ford West, former president of The Fertilizer Institute, tells how valuable fertilizer is to humanity.   “There are signs, though, that the day is closer than ever before when famine could be eliminated. Untold numbers of smart people are applying themselves to developing the science of crop production all around the world. Advances in crop genetics, plant health, and production technology all contribute to the ability of modern agriculture to produce more than ever before. But, in the midst of that progress, it is still fertilizer that feeds the world. Land use, human nutrition and the carbon cycle form an intricate set of relationships. Healthy plants use carbon dioxide, give off oxygen and increase soil organic matter, thereby enhancing soil fertility. Harvesting crops removes nutrients in the form of our food, and those nutrients must be replaced to nourish the next crop. For these reasons, soil fertility and fertilizer will remain key components of feeding the world’s hungry population. Our overall standard of living is made possible largely by farmers’ work to produce abundant, high-quality, affordable food. However, as agriculture has grown more productive, fewer people understand it. Agriculture should not become isolated from society. We cannot allow the idea that “food comes only from the supermarket” to take root. It is nearly impossible for people to make good decisions about any subject unless those decisions…

FFA Friday: Kansas

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Inman FFA Takes First Place Award Honors; Clay Center FFA Wins Second, and Ellsworth FFA Wins Third Place Welcome back to FFA Friday! Kansas had nine participating chapters in the Helping Communities Grow Program this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Inman FFA, Clay Center FFA, and Ellsworth FFA. Inman FFA took top honors by partnering with their local schools and community members. All 84 chapter members helped to increase the size of their local garden and produced four videos played on their local television channel. The chapter also visited elementary and middle school classrooms to teach lessons about healthy lifestyles and growing plants. Clay Center FFA won second place by partnering with the local school district and Wilbur-Ellis representative. The chapter participated in Farm Safety day and GROW IT. GROW IT included four stations focusing on information from the Nutrients for Life curriculum. Ellsworth FFA won third place by creating plant science lessons for elementary school students. The chapter also created a coloring contest for the students. The coloring sheets featured facts about plants and agriculture. Congratulations to all of the chapters that participated!  The Nutrients for Life Foundation program in Kansas is supported by the program’s founding sponsor, Koch Ag and Energy Services, LLC.  FFA chapters, remember to complete step 1, by November 14, 2014, to participate in the 2014-2015 program! Details can be found here.

FFA Friday: Illinois

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Prairie Central FFA Takes First Place Award Honors;  Cuba FFA Wins Second, and Maroa Forsyth FFA Wins Third Place Welcome back to FFA Friday! Illinois had 22 participating chapters in the Helping Communities Grow program this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Prairie Central FFA, Cuba FFA, and Maroa Forsyth FFA. Prairie Central FFA won first place for a three part project including an elementary educational program, an informative breakfast for students and staff, and a community booth titled “Harvesting Hope.” The educational program taught elementary school students about the role of fertilizer in growing plants. The breakfast highlighted the farmer’s role in feeding the world. The community booth had games and handouts for all aged showing the positive aspects of fertilizer and maintaining a food supply. Cuba FFA won second place by leading various activities throughout the year. In the fall, younger FFA members grew a 1,800 square foot garden and older members grew 200 acres of corn and soybeans. In the springtime, members gave back to their community by planting flowers in planting beds. Third place goes to Maroa Forsyth FFA for growing plants in their greenhouse and hydroponic system. With their new knowledge, members taught fourth through tenth graders about soil and fertilizer. Congratulations to all of the Illinois chapters that participated! The Nutrients for Life Foundation program in Arizona is supported by the program’s founding sponsor, CF Industries.  FFA chapters, remember to complete step 1, by November 14, 2014, to participate in the 2014-2015 program! Details can be found at https://www.nutrientsforlife.org/helpingcommunitiesgrow.

FFA Friday: At Large

Friday, August 15th, 2014
It’s FFA Friday! Today we are highlighting the top chapters from the At Large category. The Helping Communities Grow program’s at large category had eleven participating FFA chapters this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Canby FFA, Troy FFA, and Corinth Holders FFA. (more…)

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…

Garden Spotlight: Micah Weber

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
"Just plant it, seed is cheap!" says Micah Weber of Rock Valley, Iowa.  Mr. Weber has been the Agriculture Education Instructor for grades seven through twelve at Rock Valley Community School for the past 13 years.   (more…)

School Garden Spotlight: John Cole

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
John Cole heard about the Helping Communities Grow program for FFA chapters and thought, "my students would enjoy that."  Little did he know, deciding to participate in the competition would lead to reconnecting with a classmate from over 40 years ago and so, so much more.   (more…)

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…)

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…)