Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) has named Terry Bockenstedt, a crop consultant with Nutrien Ag Solutions from Dyersville, 2020 Iowa CCA of the Year. He accepted this annual award during the Iowa CCA recognition luncheon at the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference (ASC) on February 11, 2020.
A certified crop adviser utilizes best management practices that protect the environment and lead growers to produce higher yields and increase profitability for their farms. Farmers and employers prefer to work with CCAs because they have demonstrated commitment, education, expertise, and experience to make a difference in a client’s business.
The Iowa Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award is designed to recognize a CCA who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown they are a leader in their field and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agriculture industry.
Bockenstedt grew up on a farm just southeast of Petersburg, Iowa, in Delaware County, and graduated from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa, in 1971. He started working for Crop Production Services, now Nutrien, in northeast Iowa in 1974. He has always had an eye on environmentally and economically sound practices. Due to the northeastern Iowa terrain, he is committed to advising his growers to place fertilizer where needed to promote stewardship of the land and environment. He was one of the first in the area to begin using grid sampling and variable rate technology for spreading fertilizer and believes that CCAs have a responsibility to do what is right for the grower and the future of agriculture’s stewardship of the land.
Brockenstedt has earned the Environmental Respect Award from Crop Life Magazine for the first time at a Dyersville, Iowa, location in 2006, and a second time at a Worthington, Iowa, location in 2008. The past four years, he has been working extensively with vineyard growers in Iowa, demonstrating his commitment to helping growers. Nominated by his peers, he was awarded the Outstanding Industry Partner Award in 2019 from the Iowa Wine Growers Association.
Not only is Brockenstedt committed to his growers, but he is also committed to his company. Over the years, he has mentored managers at other Nutrien locations and even working with college interns during the summer at many the Nebraska and Iowa locations.
Currently, he is a board member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee for Dubuque County. He and his wife, Gloria, currently live in Dyersville.