Ostendorf, Clayton, Schomburg Elected by Peers to the Iowa CCA Board of Directors

Des Moines, Iowa – During fall elections, the Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) of Iowa elected three new board members to serve and represent them. A total of six candidates vied for just three open seats. Newly elected board members are Todd Schomburg, Stine Seed Company; Ryan Clayton Corteva Agriscience; and Cody Ostendorf, MaxYield Cooperative. New terms begin January 2020 and run through December 2022.

The Iowa CCA board is responsible for developing local performance objectives, a state-level certification exam, approval of experience requirements, as well as local education opportunities, and marketing. The CCA program provides the standard for expertise and competence in the crop and soil management services industry and overseen by boards at both international and local levels.

Members retiring of the Iowa board of directors include John Bergeson, Nutrien Ag; David Chaffin, Yara Digital Farming; and Randy Law, Frontier Labs, Inc.

Ryan Clayton is a Pioneer Field Agronomist at Corteva Agriscience and provides agronomy, product, and sales support for two Pioneer sales territories in South Central Iowa. Certified in 2002, Clayton has provided agronomy support to over 36 Iowa counties. “I believe continuing education is the key to success in our industry, and I would be honored to serve on the Iowa CCA board,” says Clayton.

Todd Schomburg is the Director of Agronomy for Stine Seed Company. Schomburg is responsible for agronomic training. Schomburg is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Studies. Todd is a well-rounded agronomist with a 33-year background in farming, sales, and management, product support, and advice to farmers and dealers.

Cody Ostendorf is a Seed Solutions Specialist for MaxYield Cooperative in north-central Iowa. Ostendorf serves as a mentor to new agronomy specialist team members within MaxYield and is an active member of the Eldred Sherwood Watershed Project Advisory Council. “My passion is to read industry research, determine their efficacy, and implement changes to improve nutrient use efficiency and profitability,” says Ostendorf.

The Iowa Certified Crop Adviser Program is supported at the national level by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Certified Crop Adviser Program.  The CCA certification was established in 1992 to provide a benchmark for practicing agronomy professionals in the United States.  CCAs meet examination, education, experience, and ethical standards that assure their competency as a partner to the producer in achieving the most from their farm.  For more information on the Iowa CCA program, please visit or the American Society of Agronomy




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By |2019-11-25T15:09:46+00:00November 25th, 2019|Featured, News|

Data Takes Center Stage at 2019 Summer Workshop

Ames, IA – Certified Crop Advisers from around Iowa took advantage of an opportunity to increase their knowledge toolbox this week at the 2019 Summer Workshop – a workshop for CCAs by CCAs. This is an annual opportunity to earn CEUs in the summer and is held in cooperation under the umbrella of the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference.

Featured speaker Dr. Harold van Es, Professor of Soil and Water Management at Cornell University, provided insight on the opportunities and challenges of modeling data for real-world field applications. Dr. van Es also provided some insight into the progress of various applications to help with making data-driven decisions.

Also on the docket was an update on preliminary data from the 2017 crop year nutrient reduction strategy practice implementation assessment, presented by Shawn Richmond of the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council; an overview of how data is currently being used and the future uses for data assessments in crop production by Jamie Brand, AgriVision Equipment Group; hands-on presentations with equipment from Ag Leader, John Deere, and Precision Planting; insight into drones in production agriculture by Kevin Butt, Ellsworth Community College; overviews of data usage in decision making by Andrew Knaack, The Climate Corporation, and a farmer panel to end the day.

The 2019 Summer Workshop learning sessions are sponsored by the Iowa CCA Program and the program is coordinated by the Iowa CCA Education Committee. The luncheon was sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and 4R Plus.

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By |2019-08-28T14:37:40+00:00August 15th, 2019|Education, Featured, Good Advice, News|

Exciting News! Iowa CCA Office Launches Apparel Store for 25 Year Anniversary Celebration

NEW in 2019!

Iowa Certified Crop Adviser Apparel, Accessories, Supplies, and MORE!

Show Them You’re One of the Best

All Iowa CCAs should show off your hard-earned credentials with apparel, outerwear, hats, etc. The new Iowa CCA store items are hand-selected by CCAs just like you. Our board of directors wants our Iowa CCAs to get the word out that the CCA program provides the standard for expertise and competence in the crop and soil management services industry! We’d like to see our CCAs wear the logo with pride.

Popular brands such as Carhartt, North Face, Eddie Bauer, and Stanley are in our store.

Give Your Staff the Appreciation they Deserve

Attention Upper Management: Do you have CCAs on staff? You need to be showing them off! We have bulk order items and quantity discounts for your business to show your CCAs off to your customers. Don’t send your CCAs out empty-handed. Have them looking professional and ready to get the job done. Need to customize items? We can add your company’s logo to all apparel items, dual branding is a foolproof way for your employees to look their best in- and out- of the fields.  Our durable clothing and outerwear selection means you won’t have to buy as often and our easy payment system will get you on the road faster.  (more…)

By |2019-08-16T11:47:35+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Certification, News|
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