2023 Indiana CCA of the Year

Daniel KaminskyDaniel Kaminsky is the 2023 Indiana CCA of the Year! 
Daniel has been consulting with growers in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio for 48 years. He grew up on a family farm between Granger, Indiana and Edwardsburg, Michigan. His father was known as an innovator planting cover crops and using no till as early as the 1960's. After graduating from Penn High School, Mishawaka, Indiana, Dan Pursued a B.S. in Agronomy at Purdue University. He was drafted into the U. S. military and completed training for the Indiana National Guard. He received a master's degree in Agronomy at Purdue studying Nitrogen and Phosphorus runoff from four Northeast Indiana Soils. He participated in a large EPA-funded investigation called the Black Creek Project and was instrumental in the introduction of conservation practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
Dan then entered the production agriculture field, often providing agronomic recommendations and ensuring that the products sold were both effective and profitable for customers. Surviving the late 1970's and early 1980's was a great challenge using limited budgets to maximize return. This led to encouraging growers to use no till to reduce equipment costs, fuel expenditures and conforming with new government regulations. The agricultural chemical sector exploded with new products. Participating in farm trials and working with industry technical experts during development gave Dan the ability to give sound advice. Soil and tissue sampling was always a starting point to help growers be successful. GPS, NRCS soil maps and Veris technology allowed him to be more precise in decisions to separate fact from fiction.
Micronutrients became an important study to help growers who were irrigating low CEC soils. The advent of foliar nutrients really challenged the traditional thoughts of soil fertility and plant nutrition. Again, monitoring field results became easier with yield monitors to ascertain efficacy.
In recent years retirement came with an opportunity to work with Adams County SWCD and a NRCS grant for the Western Lake Erie Basin assisting growers in conservation practices including cover crops, inter seeding cover crops and soil fertility practices especially to better utilize manure. Dan appreciates his wife Donita and sons Ben and Tim who sacrificed time to support the long hours required in the production of a successful crop. He thanks God for the opportunity to learn and use His wisdom and resources for God's Kingdom.

CCA of the Year Past Award Winners

Year Winner Affiliation Location County
2023 Daniel Kaminsky Adams County SWCD Monroe Adams
2022 Troy Jenkins Ceres Solutions Cooperative Rochester
Rodney Miller Crop Fertility Specialists Rossville Clinton
2020 Steve Smith Red Gold Elwood Madison
2019 Randall Warden A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, Inc. Fort Wayne Allen
2018 Bryan Overstreet Purdue Extension Rensselaer Jasper
2017 Bill Bradford Helena Chemical Co. Markle Wells
2016 Jon Peacock Pioneer Winchester Randolph
2015 Kevin Adams CPS Shelbyville (Selma) Delaware
2014 Barry Fisher NRCS Greencastle Putnam
2013 Andy Like Daylight Farm Supply Monroe City Knox
2012 Larry Huffmeyer Syngenta Osgood Ripley
2011 Brian Herr Daylight Farm Supply Chandler Warrick
2010 Mike Mace Ceres Solutions Brazil Clay
2009 Steve Gauck     Decatur
2008 Ray Kerhof     Hancock
2007 Darrell Shemwell     Posey
2006 Eugene Flaningham     Knox
2004 Tony Bailey NRCS Indianapolis  
2003 Greg Bossaer Purdue Extension Reynolds White
2002 Betsy Bower