The Nitrogen Smart program was conceived by leadership at the Minnesota Corn Growers and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center and developed into a program by University of Minnesota Extension. The program has been a three way partnership, with the Minnesota Corn Growers providing financial and promotional support, MAWRC providing administrative assistance with registration and tracking attendance, and U of M Extension providing content and teaching.
The program consists of a three hour training on how Nitrogen behaves in the environment and how this affects nitrogen fertilizer management, as well as environmental concerns. While having no official status, attendees receive “Nitrogen Smart” designation for having attended. Evaluation data collected indicates 89% of attendees would recommend attendance to another, and 91% intend to maintain their “Nitrogen Smart” status.