Breaking Down Barriers

Supporting Community Engagement and Effective Science Communication

We have discontinued the Breaking Down Barriers program but will continue to make available its web resources. If you have questions, please email us.

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kNow Your Nitrates

Help make your farm less polluting while maximizing crop yield.

kNow Your Nitrates is a design challenge activity that takes a solutions-focused approach to understanding the nitrate cycle and agricultural pollution. Participants consider variables like crop variety and location, fertilizer quantity, and geographic characteristics, and use them to design an effective strategy to maximize crop yield and minimize groundwater pollution.