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Steinkamp earns 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification
Northern Country Coop recognizes and congratulates Chad Steinkamp on earning the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification. Chad is among a small, elite group of individuals to pass this difficult test. Congratulations and well done!
The 4R Certification is a program offered by the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) program that promotes applying plant nutrition with 4 R’s in mind: Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, and Right Place. This program focuses on water quality to help address environmental concerns regarding nitrogen and phosphorous in surface water. This certification has then been made available in Minnesota and Iowa since 2015 to promote advanced nutrient management to the Midwest. There are 205 people nationally that have this Certification, including 29 from Iowa and 10 from Minnesota.
With more public scrutiny on what happens in agriculture and how food is produced, having Chad on staff with this credential shows our growers and community that Northern Country Coop is focused on not only the farmer’s bottom line, but also the environmental sustainability of their operations.
4R Nutrient Stewardship provides a framework to achieve cropping system goals, such as increased production, increased farmer profitability, enhanced environmental protection, and improved sustainability.
To achieve those goals, the 4R concept incorporates the:
Right fertilizer source at the
Right rate, at the
Right time and in the
Properly managed fertilizers support cropping systems that provide economic, social and environmental benefits. On the other hand, poorly managed nutrient applications can decrease profitability and increase nutrient losses, potentially degrading water and air.
4R nutrient stewardship requires the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) that optimize the efficiency of fertilizer use. The goal of fertilizer BMPs is to match nutrient supply with crop requirements and to minimize nutrient losses from fields. Selection of BMPs varies by location, and those chosen for a given farm are dependent on local soil and climatic conditions, crop, management conditions and other site specific factors. The implementation is very knowledge-intensive and site-specific.
Other agronomic and conservation practices, such as no-till farming and the use of cover crops, play a valuable role in supporting 4R nutrient stewardship. As a result, fertilizer BMPs are most effective when applied with other agronomic and conservation practices.
Hulshizer, Stickle, Hendrikson earn Certified Crop Adviser Certification
Northern Country Coop congratulates Spencer Hulshizer, Jordan Stickle, and Dallas Hendrikson for recently passing the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) exams to earn their CCA Certification. To earn this certification, it takes intelligence, hard work, and dedication to agronomy. Spencer, Jordan, and Dallas now join other NCC agronomists currently CCA certified- Chad Steinkamp, Nathan Augustine, Paul Juenger, and Jon Hillier.
What is CCA? The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program is a membership service of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). Any public, commercial or independent adviser, who counsels farmers, ranchers or other agricultural entities and can meet the rigorous standards of the CCA program, is encouraged to participate.
Requirements: The requirements include passing a comprehensive international exam and a state, regional or provincial (local) exam evaluating knowledge of soil fertility, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production. The applicant is required to document their education and experience, up to four years depending on their educational background plus sign and agree to uphold the CCA code of ethics. To maintain the CCA status, a certificant must maintain 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
History: Since 1992, more than 20,000 individuals have voluntarily sat for the CCA exams and of these approximately 10,000 have satisfactorily met the requirements and become certified. CCAs will play a critical role in the future of agriculture as they advise agricultural producers. Through their skill application, they will help keep agriculture competitive in a global economy while aiding the process of sustaining our natural resources and protecting our environment.
Who should be certified? Any adviser/consultant that spends the majority of their time advising growers on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program. If you want to work with the best Agronomist in the industry, be sure they are CCA certified!