Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Foundation 101: What is the Nutrients for Life Foundation?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
I often get asked, “What does the Nutrients for Life Foundation do?” My standard response goes something like this, “Since 2004, we have been providing science-based information to educate people about the valuable role fertilizers play in feeding our growing world.” I follow up with how much I love my job and how fulfilling it is to work in the one industry our world cannot live without, agriculture.  Our role at the Foundation is to educate others about agriculture and, specifically, how crop nutrients help increase our food supply by fifty percent. We have a big task, because the general public knows very little about the industry as documented in the following video.   http://youtu.be/mldl5Iyw_gU   Every time I play this video I get a few good laughs from the crowd, especially if they know a lot about agriculture. I realize there are some extreme examples in this video, but in reality, most consumers know very little about food production. Consumers lack basic scientific knowledge as it applies to agriculture. In the video they are talking about nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; all three are elements on the periodic table. After 6th grade science, we should all recognize these basic elements. Why were the interviewees confused? Where does the confusion come from? Was it because they didn’t have a good scientific background in school? Or, perhaps, they haven’t learned to think critically about what they learned? I share this video, first, because it is eye opening, but secondly because it shows that we need more agriculture educators. At no other time in history has my job, as an agriculture educator, been more critical. I believe our biggest challenge isn’t feeding the world’s population, rather, educating them on HOW we are feeding them. In our efforts to educate, the Foundation has a…

Soils and AP Science

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Look at these scientists! Lead by AP science teacher, Nancy Bridge, these students measured the amount of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) present in five different soil types. Did you know they could do that? When I want to know the levels of NPK, I send soil samples to the soil scientist at the university. Skip the university - in Mrs. Bridge’s class, the students get to do it themselves. How cool is that? (more…)

National Ag in the Classroom Conference

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
The Nutrients for Life Foundation team had the opportunity to attend the National Ag in the Classroom Conference last week in Baltimore. What a great experience! (more…)

Excuse me sir, do you know anything about Fertilizer?

Friday, June 18th, 2010
One thing is for sure: strangers don’t quite know what to say when asked if they know anything about fertilizer. (more…)