Consider nominating a qualified CCA you employ or know for the “Indiana Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award”. This award will recognize an individual who has performed superior service for their farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, pest and crop production.
The purpose of our Indiana award program is to increase the awareness to other CCAs and their farmer customers that their service providers strive to do their best not only in making economically sound cropping decisions but also ones that are environmentally sound. With increasing farm size, complexity of management options, and increasingly complex regulations, we foresee farmers relying more and more on the advice of specialists who are CCAs.
The Indiana CCA of the Year will receive $1500 and three complimentary registrations to the Indiana CCA Conference (valid for three years) will be awarded to the winning CCA’s employer (or the winning CCA if self-employed). The Indiana winner will automatically be submitted for the International CCA of the Year Award. The award will be presented to the winner at the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference meeting December in Indianapolis.
To be considered for the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Award, a CCA must be certified in Indiana and nominated by a county Farm Bureau, by an active Farm Bureau member, or by the employer of the CCA who knows of the CCA’s qualifications.
Additionally, other agricultural groups may suggest nominations. These other agricultural groups should work with their county farm bureau on the nomination since the Nomination Form must be signed by the county Farm Bureau president.
A Nomination Form, Letter of Recommendation Form, and Tips for Completing the Nomination are included. Please feel free to copy and distribute them to those who might be using the services of a CCA.
The nomination should include the Nomination Form, three letters of recommendation – one from the CCA’s employer and two from customers. Three letters of recommendation may come from customers if the CCA is self-employed.
Indiana Farm Bureau must receive the nomination by November 20, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Quentin Rund at 1-800-387-1283 or Justin Schneider 317-692-7835.