Bruce Baier, Precision Ag Manager with Ag Partners was recognized as the Iowa Certified Crop Adviser of the Year.  This honor was awarded to Baier during the Iowa Certified Crop Advisers’ (ICCA) recognition luncheon at the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference, held on Tuesday, February 7  in Des Moines.

2012 Iowa CCA of the Year

ICCA Board Member Amy Asmus and CCA of the Year Bruce Baier

Iowa CCA board initiated the Iowa Certified Crop Adviser of the Year designation to recognize a member of the industry who exemplifies CCAs providing professional and effective “good advice” to clients.  Past recipients include Mike Gannon (2010) and Tracy Cameron (2011).

Baier, who lives in Alta, IA, has held numerous positions within Ag Partners over his more than 30 year tenure with the company.  Since 1997, Baier has focused on the design and development of what has grown into the seventh largest Precision Ag department in the United States with over 1 million acres as part of the program.  Baier also served previously on the ICCA board for seven years.

“Growers and peers alike appreciate and trust Bruce’s common sense approach to agriculture and the technologies that are utilized today,” said Roger Tietjens, past chair of the ICCA board, while recognizing Baier.

94 CCAs, including Baier, were also recognized for 15 years of service during the luncheon.  At the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference, hundreds of CCAs received continuing education training to maintain their certification.  AAI offered fourteen hours of continuing education units (CEUs) at the event and will offer six additional hours at summer sessions in 2012.  A CCA must accumulate a total of forty hours of CEUs every two years to remain a CCA.