Hire a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)

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Hire a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)

CCA-Why?The purpose of the CCA program is to protect the public, farmers and the agriculturalindustry as a whole. These programs are voluntary, professional certifications toAdvisers – proving their commitment to their clients, their employers (you), and to thepublic welfare. Farmers can depend on that determination and commitment for trueresults in the field.20 years of sound advice for those feeding the WorldAll successful certification programs have one common element, and that is to serveand protect the public interest. Many professions require a license to practice such asin medicine, engineering, and accounting. A license is basically a certification programoffered by the state. Certification programs offered by ASA are voluntary, but offer similarbenefits as licensing programs. The ASA certification programs set higher standards forknowledge, skill and conduct within the field of agronomy - a higher standard you candepend on.Steps a CCA Takes for You:• CCAs are required to pass two comprehensiveexams covering nutrient management, soil andwater management, integrated pest management,and crop management.• CCAs are required to have at least two years ofdocumented crop advising experience with abachelors degree and grower references.• CCAs must sign and adhere to the CCA code ofethics; meaning, they always focus on integrity andprofitability while optimizing and protecting ournatural resources.• CCAs are required to earn 40 hours or more ofcontinuing education every two years. CCAs alwayshave the latest information on new technology andindustry developments.About the ProgramCCA is a certification program ofthe American Society of Agronomy(ASA). ASA established thecertification programs morethan 20 years ago to providea benchmark for practicingagronomy professionals.®CERTIFIEDCROP ADVISERAmerican Society of Agronomy5585 Guilford RoadMadison, WI 53711608-273-8080Hire a CertifiedCrop Adviser (CCA)Luther B. Smith, Director of Certification Programslsmith@sciencesocities.org • 608-268-4977Eric Welsh, Program Manager-Marketing & Certificationewelsh@sciencesocieties.org • 608-273-8081“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether attwenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learningstays young. “— Henry Ford


Hire a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)Employer Benefits1. Take the Guess Work out of Hiring!2. Lower your risk as an employera. Reduces legal liabilityb. Reduces Mistakes/Costsc. Professional performance benchmarksare already established and proven3. Better compliance with increasingenvironmental regulation4. Increase profits (better employees)a. Increases customer confidence inemployee and, by extension, theemployerb. Reduces costs associated with trainingand customer complaints5. Strong correlation between certificationand employee performance (creates amore self-motivated, self-directed, andproud staff)6. Lower Turnover of employeesa. They have committed to the professionand their careers through certificationb. Heightened job satisfactionc. Happier/more knowledgeableemployees result in a better workenvironment7. 20 Years of Defining a Profession!Hire the best!Bottom LineA trained professional could increase gross profits by as much as $25 per acre, dependingon the crop and weather. This is reflected by increased customer retention and productconfidence.Cutting EdgeUp to date knowledge on the latest developments in agriculture. Certification standardsrequire Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) to earn continuing education units (CEUs) everytwo years.I Need the BestCertified Crop Advisers earn their certification by passing rigorous state and internationalexams. They must also sign and adhere to a code of ethics that places the customer’sneeds first. CCAs meet and often exceed the high standards set by the American Societyof Agronomy.Technology TransferAgricultural scientists offer training to CCAs and depend on them to pass that knowledgeon to the grower to directly benefit your bottom line.Visit the website below to find orverify CCAs near you:Go to www.certifiedcropadviser.orgClick on “Find a CCA/CPAg” (Right side of homepage)

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