The program, Nutrient Stewardship and Outreach Project, is focused on teaching students about the Nitrogen Cycle and to provide a hands-on opportunity to collect samples and track forms of nitrogen the plant can use from harvest the previous year to the end of May. Six mini-lectures will provide a basic overview of parts of the Nitrogen Cycle while sampling the field on a pre-determined schedule will provide some meaning to what was presented in class. Students will be challenged by completing a quiz after each lecture as well and complete a homework assignment. The quiz is more for the instructor (me) to make sure students have learned something from the lectures. The homework assignments will hopefully bring to life what the learn. Students successfully completing the program will become honorary "Nitrogen Ninjas".
The Nutrient Stewardship Outreach Project is not just about educating, it is about bringing production agriculture back into the everyday conversation not as a negative, but a positive. Not as a focus on "Reduction" but as a focus on "Utilization". It is about planting a seed of inspiration into the fertile minds of our young adults to become a future leader within production agriculture, those that will continue to Minimize environmental impact of production agriculture by Optimizing harvest yield, through Maximizing input utilization, such as N fertilizer. It is truly all about M.O.M.