California crop advisers can register for the Aug. 2 Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam until June 24.

The exam will be given in Sacramento, Salinas, Tulare, and Ventura. Review sessions will be held in Sacramento and Fresno prior to the exam.

The International and California CCA program are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the program.

The CCA certification program was established in 1992 in response to an increased need for agronomic expertise to address environmental concerns. The first certification test was in 1993.

California was one of the initial states to adopt the program. There are now more than 700 active CCAs in the state.

“CCAs are playing an important role in helping growers comply with nutrient management plans that are being required by the Central Valley and Central Coast Regional Water Quality Boards,” said California CCA Chairman Sebastian Braum (Intrepid Potash).

“The regional water boards in some cases will require that such plans be certified by a professional such as a CCA.”

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The California CCA program is also working the California Department of Food and Agriculture to insure that CCAs are knowledgeable about existing and future regulatory programs.

Exam applications are available online at www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams/registration/materials. Information on two-day exam prep workshops in Sacramento June 6-7 and Fresno July 10-11 can be found at www.capcaed.com.

More information on the CCA program is available online at www.cacca.org. For more information contact Steve Beckley at (916) 539-4107 or sbeckley@aol.com.

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