Chip Beckwith of New England Organics has recently been certified by the American Society of Agronomy as a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA). To attain this prestigious certification Chip passed both an International CCA Exam and the Northeast Region CCA Exam, worked for 14 years as a crop adviser, and provided documentation of professional competence. He also holds degrees from the University of Maine and Husson University.
As a Certified Crop Adviser Chip 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 her/his CCA Certification Chip 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, Wisconsin. Since 1993, only 13,500 men and women in the United States and Canada have earned and maintain their CCA designation.
CCAs are recognized by the by the U.S. 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 Chip at 207-416-5576. You may also find more information about the CCA program and a CCA Directory at www.certifiedcropadviser.org.