California crop advisers have the opportunity to register for the Aug. 5, 2011, Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) exam until June 17, 2011.  The exam will be given in Sacramento, Salinas, San Diego and Tulare.  Review sessions will be held in Sacramento, Fresno, and Salinas prior to the exam.           

CCAs offer growers assurance that they are competent in all aspects of crop production and up to date on the latest in crop management and government mandates. The California CCA Program, administered by the American Society of Agronomy and overseen by a California board of directors, is a voluntary certification program for individuals that provide advice to growers on crop management and inputs.   California also offers a Manure Management specialty certification for current CCAs involved in advising livestock operations on nutrient management.

It is expected that future regulatory programs being considered by various regional water boards may require certification of nutrient management plans by professionals such as a CCA.  The role for CCAs is increasing as growers continue to face both regulatory and economical challenges.  A CCA is well suited to advise farmers on how to manage inputs, water, and crops in an efficient manner.  Over 80 percent of the California CCAs are also licensed pest control advisers.

Individuals may contact the California CCA program at 1143 N. Market Blvd, Suite 7, Sacramento, Calif.,  95834 or call (916) 928-1625 for an application and more information.  Exam applications are also available by going to www.cacca.org.  The California CCA Program is also on Facebook.