FFA takes first place award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Nutrients for Life Foundation has announced that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter was the first place winner of a $3,000 award in the Helping Communities Grow FFA chapter recognition program in Ohio. The foundation awarded Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter for teaching students about soil nutrients and a water and soil testing event that benefited over 100 community members.

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter accomplished several goals during the soil nutrition challenge. During a lesson Soils Science, 36 first-year agriculture students evaluated soil and made recommendations for Best Management Practices for soil nutrition and fertilizer application methods. Additionally, 17 second year agriculture students in Plant Science learned to identify symptoms of plant diseases due to over or under usage of fertilizers. Finally, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, in coordination with the Miami Conservancy District, Miami Soil and Water Conservation District, and Ohio State Extension-Miami County, hosted a Water and Soil Testing Fair and speaker series with testing of water and soil samples provided by mnore than 100 community members.

“I am so impressed with the quality of projects we received in our Helping Communities Grow FFA chapter competition,” 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.”

Students in participating FFA chapters developed and executed community-based education programs based upon the Nutrients for Life Foundation curriculum, Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century. This free curriculum, developed by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and reviewed by the Smithsonian Institution, provides field-tested, standards-based classroom activities to help tomorrow’s generation understand a solution to feeding our growing population involves science and crop nutrients.

The Helping Communities Grow program recognizes FFA chapters’ efforts in informing the public about essential plant nutrients role in feeding the world. During the project, students gained skills in leadership, public speaking, team building and community awareness while increasing knowledge of soil science and agricultural issues. FFA chapters who entered qualifying projects, but did not win one of the top three awards, each received $250 for their participation.

For more information about the Nutrients for Life foundation, visit www.nutrientsforlife.org or call (800) 962-9065.