Iowa CCA of the year

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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference will include speakers covering industry specific topics. Learn about Climate, UAV Drones, Economics, Soil Testing, and much more! Represented companies include IDALS, ISU, AgSolver, Monsanto, Pioneer, GROWMARK, and other names in your industry.

Iowa CCA of the Year

The Iowa CCA of the year award will be presented at the 2015 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The recipient will be recognized among peers during the All Industry Luncheon on the Showcase stage. Register today at so you can attend this once a year event!

New Board Member Announcement

Adam Kramer of Three Rivers Company, Earlville, Iowa is the newest member of the Iowa CCA Board of Directors. Adam is currently serving as the Agronomy Manager at Three Rivers Company supporting four Iowa Counties. The Iowa CCA Board of Directors wants to welcome Adam in his term from 2015 to 2017; and thank the members who voted in this election. See attached document for more about Adam Kramer and his accomplishments.
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By |2015-01-23T07:36:18-06:00January 23rd, 2015|Good Advice, News|

Greg Schmitz Recognized as Certified Crop Advisor of the Year at AAI Conference

Greg Schmitz-2014 CCA of the Year

Greg Schmitz, 2014 Iowa Certified Crop Adviser of the Year addressing his fellow CCAs during the Iowa Certified Crop Advisers Recognition Luncheon.

Greg Schmitz, Marketing Manager with Crop Production Services, Inc. was recognized as the Iowa Certified Crop Adviser of the Year.  This honor was awarded to Schmitz during the Iowa Certified Crop Advisers’ recognition luncheon at the Agribusiness Association of Iowa’s (AAI) Agribusiness Showcase & Conference, held on February 11 in Des Moines at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) utilize their skills in nutrient and pest management to assist growers with economical and efficient crop production.  They also ensure that growers are aware of regulations and utilize best management practices to protect the environment.

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), Tracy Cameron (2011), and Bruce Baier (2012).

Schmitz, who lives in Wall Lake, IA, has worked in and around agriculture for the majority of this life.  His career began at a retail inputs operation that his father was involved with when Schmitz was in sixth grade. Schmitz worked for Boyer Valley and UAP before joining Crop Production Services, Inc. in 2009.

In addition to awarding the Iowa CCA of the Year to Schmitz, the Iowa Certified Crop Advisers Board of Directors recognized 97 individuals for fifteen years and 58 individuals for twenty years of professionalism and years of service to agriculture as CCAs during the luncheon.  EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey and Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp were the luncheon’s featured speakers.

At the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference, approximately 200 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 during a summer session in 2014.  A CCA must accumulate a total of forty hours of CEUs every two years to maintain their certification.

By |2014-02-21T08:52:41-06:00February 21st, 2014|Good Advice, News|