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Fertilizer specialist at AGGRAND earns Certified Crop Adviser Certification

Published on 11 January 2012

Walt Sandbeck, fertilizer specialist at AGGRAND has recently been certified by the American Society of Agronomy as a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA). To attain this prestigious certification, Sandbeck passed both an International CCA exam and the State of Wisconsin CCA Exam, worked for nearly 10 years as a crop adviser and provided documentation of professional competence.

As a Certified Crop Adviser, Sandbeck has signed and agreed to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics. This means he will always focus on grower profitability while optimizing and protecting natural resources.

To maintain his CCA Certification Sandbeck must earn 40 hours of approved continuing education units (CEUs) every two years. CEUs must be divided between nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, crop management and professional development. Research scientists at land grant universities provide much of this cutting-edge training.

The Certified Crop Adviser Program is administered by the American Society of Agronomy in Madison, WI. Since 1993, only 13,500 men and women in the United States and Canada have earned and maintained their CCA designation.

CCAs are recognized by the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) as eligible to register as Technical Service Providers (TSPs).

They will provide assistance to farmers in protecting resources through conservation planning in soil and water, nutrient, crop and pest management. CCAs are also recognized as Agricultural Experts by the USDA Risk Management Agency which administers the Federal crop insurance programs.

To learn more about the benefits of working with a Certified Crop Adviser contact AGGRAND at (715) 399-6435 or by email at . You may also find more information about the CCA program and a CCA Directory at www.certifiedcropadvisor.orgFG

—AGGRAND press release