• An experiment that has students stretch hosiery over the rim of a baby food jar and after adding soil and grass seeds. Students create Soil Sammy – the grass becomes hair. Older students can experiment with fertilizer, soil types and water balance.

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  • Spruce Meadows, in partnership with Nutrien presents the GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION School Tours Education Program: Highly interactive sessions, geared towards the grade 4 & 5 curriculum, that focus on agriculture, wetland ecosystems, horse anatomy, health, welfare, and equine history. Since the initiation of the ‘School Tours’ program in the spring of 1976, tens of thousands of Calgary and surrounding area students have participated.

    Spruce Meadows provides a unique representative environment of the growth and change of Alberta, its people and the School Tours program itself. Initiated in 1976 by Mrs.Southern herself the program has evolved over time and continues to incorporate Alberta based curriculum within its existing five stations. Set in an interactive venue to engage and challenge the students, our program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and consciousness to make informed decisions.

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  • Print and post this colourful poster to help illustrate the importance of replacing soil nutrients after each harvest.

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  • Agricultural production will need to increase by 70 percent in order to meet the new demands of food, feed, fuel and fibre for the predicted world population of nine billion by 2050. Agriculture plays a key role in helping to stimulate growth, secure rural livelihoods and reduce poverty in a way that is environmentally sustainable.

    The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy highlights how agriculture can help build a global green economy, including increased food production, more efficient water use, improved livelihoods and increased resources to benefit women smallholder farmers.

    “The Farming First video uses the creative technique of animation to highlight how agriculture can help address the many challenges the world faces today,” says Morgane Danielou, from the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). “These include investing in training, knowledge sharing and research and development to help farmers sustainably improve the quantity and quality of the crops they grow.”

    “Public sector investment in agriculture has been in decline for 30 years, yet it is a crucial element in addressing food security and coping with resource shortages,” adds Howard Minigh, CEO and President of CropLife International. “More transparent and coordinated policies can help deliver the continued improvements needed to support the agricultural sector.”

    Click here to view the video on the Farming First website.

    This web link is a newly launched section of Farming First’s website focusing on the green economy. It includes a six-part online infographic, a guide to green economy initiatives on agriculture and Farming First’s policy paper on agriculture and the green economy.

    Feel free to take a moment to browse through this easy-to-understand, very interesting and eye-opening website. Knowing the importance of our industry and what we do will make you feel good about coming to work.

    Nutrien is a global industry partner and fully supports organizations like the Farming First coalition and the message in this great animated video. By Tracey Feist 

  • The Fertilizer Institute represents the fertilizer industry in the United States. The Institute represents the industry with legislative, economic, scientific and public relations programs.

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