The Nutrients for Life Foundation announced the selection of Margo Long as regional representative in Ohio. Long will provide grassroots educational and public awareness services in the state of Ohio. Her primary role will be to work with primary and secondary educators in the school system to promote the Foundation’s plant and soil science curriculum, Nourishing the Plant in the 21st Century. She will also work with industry members to share the Foundation’s core programs and enhance community relations. Long began her duties on May 1.
“We are thrilled Margo has joined the Nutrients for Life team. Her passion for agriculture education and extensive knowledge of the industry makes her an excellent representative to implement our vision in Ohio,” said Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “In the short time she has been with us, she has hit the ground running to provide educators and students with soil science education and Nutrients for Life resources.”
Long joined the Nutrients for Life team in May as the first Ohio Regional Representative. She is currently the director of communication and member education for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association. Long joined OABA’s team in January of 2014 and coordinates the association’s education programs, OABA’s annual conference and other events. She also helps coordinate OABA’s social media and communication strategies. In 2014, she was assigned the role of executive director of the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program. Before joining OABA, Long was an extension educator with Purdue University and is working toward a master of agriculture in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University. Long also holds a bachelors of science in agriculture communications from The Ohio State University.
“With Nutrients for Life’s educational resources, this position will allow me to share my passion for agriculture in Ohio schools,” said Long. “The hands-on curriculum is enjoyable for students and teaches plant and soil science in a manner that is easy to understand.”
With successful regional representatives based in California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Louisiana and Washington, the Foundation is now expanding their reach into Ohio, implementing “on-the-ground” educational resources. The expansion into Ohio is made possible with support from the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, the leading advocate for Ohio agribusinesses.
“The partnership with the Nutrients for Life Foundation provides ample opportunity for OABA to be involved in the education of students across Ohio,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “With our association’s interest in topics like water quality and fertilizer, the curriculum matches well with the message we want to convey.”