HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM
Illini FS takes the stewardship message directly to our local high school students that will help shape production agriculture of the future. The projects are designed to challenge secondary education students to learn about nutrient use, and help discover better ways to approach nutrient stewardship. The hope is to inspire young minds to consider agriculture as a career option and continue their education into areas of Illinois production agriculture. The projects also serve as an outreach program for local farmers. The information gathered will help learn more about the behavior of soil N and other mobile soil nutrients. The data should help farmers make critical nutrient management decisions.
HIGH SCHOOL NITROGEN EDUCATION. Learning about the Nitrogen Cycle was part of a High School Outreach Program in 2018. Five high school ag teachers (Hoopeston, Fisher, Unity, Shiloh, and Paris) allowed students to listen to six Nitrogen Cycle lectures. Students completed a quiz following each lecture to determine comprehension. Students listening to all six lectures and successfully taking each quiz (passing grade) achieved Honorary Nitrogen Ninja status and received a T-shirt in recognition of their effort.