ORIGIN OF "NITROGEN NINJA"
Dr. Willam Raun was a Professor of Plant and Soil Science at Oklahoma State University. He passed away July 25, 2021. He granted the title of "Nitrogen Ninja", to his students successfully memorizing a version of The Nitrogen Cycle created by he and his graduate students. His effort has inspired students to "climb inside the Nitrogen Cycle" and visualize nitrogen from a soil's perspective. It is not difficult to discover who has taken Dr. Raun's soil fertility course. Just ask to see their Nitrogen Ninja card. Dr. Raun will always be remembered for his contributions to production agriculture and serving as a source of inspiration to further expand education and outreach related to nitrogen management. Illini FS hopes to grow the number of Nitrogen Ninjas with our high school outreach and stewardship efforts.