The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 27, 2013

Crop adviser program turns 20


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Certified Crop Adviser Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary year.

CCA Program was established in 1992 in response to an increased need for agronomic expertise to address environmental concerns. The U.S. agricultural industry responded by designing and implementing the CCA Program to handle professional training, certification and self-regulation. Testing for the certification began in 1993 for any crop adviser or consultant who spends the majority of his time advising growers on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program. The program operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico and India.

The International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) Program is the largest voluntary, agriculturally oriented certification program in North America. More than 13,000 agronomy professionals have met the standards set by American Society of Agronomy (ASA) to become certified. Professionals who have attained the CCA credential have passed two comprehensive exams covering nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop management. Along with contributing to the agronomic community and gaining at least two years of required experience, they have made a commitment to focus on grower profitability while optimizing and protecting our natural resources.

To learn more about the CCA program or find a local CCA, visit https://www.certifiedcropoadviser.org/.