The registration period for crop consultants to sign up for the Feb. 1, 2013 Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) Exam is now open until Dec. 7, 2012.  The exam will be given in Sacramento, Salinas, Tulare and Ventura.  Individuals wanting to take the exam must register online at https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams/registration.  

CCAs offer “Sound Advice for Those Feeding the World”.  The program administered by the American Society of Agronomy and overseen by a California board of directors is a voluntary certification program and has been in existence for 20 years.  There over 600 CCAs in California.

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.  Future regulatory programs being considered by various regional water boards may require certification of nutrient management plans by professionals such as a CCA.  A partnership with CCA is important for growers as they continue to face both regulatory and economic challenges

For more information contact Steve Beckley at (916)539-4107 or sbeckley@aol.com.