Waitsburg FFA students (left to right) Tom House, Riley Witt, Samuel McKeown and Luke Alexenko take core samples from a field near Waitsburg.
Photo by Rachel Alexander.
WAITSBURG — When Waitsburg’s Future Farmers of America chapter won a $5,000 award for the best project in the state, adviser Nicole Abel thought things couldn’t get any better.
But last week Abel found out her students were honored for the best Nutrients for Life project in the nation.
The Nutrients for Life Foundation, which promotes education about the beneficial uses of fertilizer, selected Waitsburg’s chapter to present at the 2014 World Fertilizer Conference in San Francisco in September.
Students will speak about their project last school year, which included lessons in seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms about soil nutrients, as well as a field day with representatives from the McGregor company, where students took real soil samples on a wheat farm.
Abel will attend the conference along with senior FFA leader Mikala DeRuwe, and Waitsburg alumna Kim Hamann, who organized the project last year.
All transportation, lodging and meal costs will be paid by the Nutrients for Life Foundation.
“I’m pretty excited for the students to have that experience and the opportunity to see a different side of agriculture on the corporate level,” said Abel.
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