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Our Mission

Growth Begins with Education

Nutrients for Life Foundation aims to educate about the importance of responsible fertilizer use in growing healthy crops, increasing food production and feeding a growing population.

The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a global organization consisting of members and collaborative partners that develops and distributes science-based materials to improve plant nutrient literacy, soil health knowledge and promotes fertilizer's role in sustaining a growing population. Plant nutrients, especially nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, are also required to keep our parks, gardens, playgrounds, sports fields and golf courses green and healthy in communities from coast to coast.

All information developed by our Foundation is science-based and supported by agronomists, including those at the International Plant Nutrition Institute. Our supplemental educational materials are based on our curriculum which has been reviewed by the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex and research organization.

Our History

Planted in 2004 and still growing ...

In 2004, seven fertilizer industry leaders came together to form the Nutrients for Life Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to educate and inform the public about plant nutrients and their role in feeding the world.

In 2007, the Foundation published Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century high school and middle school curriculum. This complimentary duo of soil science lessons was quickly embraced by the science teacher community. An elementary version was added in 2011, and all three have been reviewed by the Smithsonian Institution.

In 2009, the Foundation recognized the need for boots on the ground and hired its first regional representative in Florida. Since that time, the Foundation has added representation in many other states.

The Nutrients for Life Foundation has international chapters in Canada, Colombia and Mexico.

Today, the Foundation boasts individual members from all over the world and is firmly committed to developing a variety of resources and initiatives to educate the public on the vital role plant nutrients plays in our lives.

Our Donors

We are grateful for the generous support from our board level donors that allows us to facilitate our fertilizer education programs. Thank you to our board level donors for their continuous support of soil science and fertilizer education.


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Meet the Nutrients For Life Team

Rick Phillips

California, Idaho, Washington Regional Representative
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Haley Siergiej

Illinois Regional Representative
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Debra Kearney

Iowa Regional Representative
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Melissa Bigge

Kansas Regional Representative
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Tiffany Ballow

Program Manager & Louisiana Regional Representative
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Melissa Buehler

Nebraska Regional Representative
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Melissa Raburn

Florida Regional Representative
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Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the Nutrients for Life Foundation. We welcome your comments, suggestions and questions and look forward to hearing from you!

(800) 962–9065

Write to us at:

Nutrients for Life Foundation
Capitol View
425 Third Street, SW,
Suite 950
Washington, DC 20024