Nutrients for Life Foundation selects Margo Long as representative for Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 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.”For more information about the Nutrients for Life Foundation visit www.nutrientsforlife.org. Long can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone (614) 326-7520.last_img read more

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Free Online Calculators for R-Values and Costs

first_imgData come from a variety of sourcesSisler says the algorithm used in the calculator is based on the same method described by John Krigger in Residential Energy, supplemented with material from both ASHRAE Fundamentals and RESNET standards.As to the estimated costs of various assemblies, he says information comes from Ekotrope’s internal research and from projects the company has worked on. Users can edit the values if local costs are different. The cost values are updated periodically but not on a regular basis.The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Envelopes Program also offers several online calculators, including one for estimating whole-wall R-values. They’re also available online for free. A team of software developers is offering a free online calculator you can use to compare the thermal performance and cost of a variety of roof, floor, and wall assemblies.Ekotrope is part of a larger application of the same name that the company sells to residential designers. Nick Sisler, one of Ekotrope’s founders and a product development engineer at the company, said by e-mail that the full version of the software is accredited as a HERS rating tool.The company would clearly like to sell you their software. But if you’re not interested in buying into the full application, the calculators provide a quick way of comparing different combinations of materials.Change the type of insulation, from high-density polyurethane foam, let’s say, to cellulose and the calculator instantly reflects changes in R-value and cost per square foot. A series of drop down menus lets users adjust a variety of values, such as stud depth and spacing, and the type of sheathing and cladding.Sisler says the calculator determines the effective R-values for conduction and convection but does not take into account bulk air movement. As a result, the effects of air leaks in a wall or roof assembly can’t be factored in.“Though somewhat limited, it is still useful in understanding the effects of thermal bridging and also for quickly comparing different materials from an insulation and cost basis,” Sisler’s e-mail said.last_img read more

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