Sandbeck Earns CCA Certified Crop Advisor— Walt Sandbeck is the fertilizer specialist at AGGRAND. A horticulturist with a degree from the University of Virginia, he has been the crop adviser for nearly fourteen years, besides heading research and product formulation.
His professional competence, all his years as crop adviser and his horticulture background in landscape and gardening have culminated to earn him a degree certified by the American Society of Agronomy as a CCA Certified Crop Advisor. The degree is certified by passing both the International and State CCA exams and documenting professional competence. The Certified Crop Advisor Program is administered by the American Society of Agronomy in Madison, Wisconsin.
“I had to pass both the International and Wisconsin CCA exams in the same calendar year to be qualified to submit my application initially,” Sandbeck said.
Since 1993, only 13,500 men and women in the United States and Canada have earned and maintained their CCA Certified Crop Advisor designation. (as of this writing in 2012)
As a CCA Certified Crop Advisor, Sandbeck is
- recognized by the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) as eligible to register as Technical Service Providers (TSPs).
- providing assistance to farmers in protecting resources through conservation planning in soil and water, nutrient, crop and pest management.
- recognized as agricultural experts by the USDA Risk Management Agency which administers the Federal crop insurance programs.
- held to the CCA Code of Ethics, to focus on agricultural profits while protecting and optimizing the natural resources.
“The Certified Crop Advisor Program is administered by the American Society of Agronomy in Madison, Wis. CCAs are recognized by the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) as eligible to register as Technical Service Providers (TSPs). They provide assistance to farmers in protecting resources through conservation planning in soil and water, nutrient, crop and pest management. CCAs also are recognized as agricultural experts by the USDA Risk Management Agency which administers the Federal crop insurance programs.” from AgGRAND News 2012
Certified Crop Advisor Overview States
“The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) certification was established as a program of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) in 1992, with the first certifications awarded in 1993. The CCA program was established to provide a benchmark for practicing agronomy professionals in the United States and Canada. The program is administered locally by 37 state/regional/provincial boards called “Local Boards” throughout the United States and Canada and is overseen by the International Certified Crop Adviser Board – which is independent from the American Society of Agronomy Board of Directors.
Typically, CCAs are field agronomists or salespeople working in public, private or commercial sectors; consultants and farm managers; natural resource conservation personnel; educators and extension specialists; government and academic scientists and agronomy researchers; and technical support personnel.
Certified Crop Advisors are held to the CCA Code of Ethics, to focus on agricultural profits while protecting and optimizing the natural resources. Sandbeck finds it easy to uphold the Code of Ethics when using AGGRAND natural and organic fertilizers. His interests and goals for the environment coupled with the AGGRAND eco-friendly fertilizers being exactly why he is a perfect fit for the position all along.
“Walt brings a high degree of knowledge and professionalism to AGGRAND,” said Chris Orr, AGGRAND business manager. “He is the front line of our Technical Assistance department and does a fantastic job supporting our customers with all of their growing needs.”
From AGGRAND News 2007— “Walt Sandbeck is ‘the fertilizer man.’ He’s the one who supervises the production of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer and other AGGRAND products in the fertilizer plant in Superior, Wisconsin where he created a smooth, trouble-free operation. “I make the fertilizer from the ground up,” Sandbeck said. “If it’s in a bottle, I put it there.”
Sandbeck grew up growing things. “I was raised in a gardening environment,” Sandbeck said. “My mother and grandmother passed their green thumbs on to me.” For nearly 20 years, Sandbeck, along with his wife Ellen, a horticulturist ecology author, owned Sandbeck Park Landscaping, first in California, then Duluth, Minnesota.
CCA Crop Advisor Certification Has Continuing Education Stipulation
“Getting the CCA means I can start a directed study program,” Sandbeck said. “Now, I must accumulate 40 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) every two years, by attending and reading qualifying webinars, seminars, and magazine articles. The subjects covered will include nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop management. Each of these disciplines dovetails on some level with my job as fertilizer specialist at AGGRAND.”
Research scientists at land-grant universities provide much of this cutting- edge training.
To attain this certification, Sandbeck passed an International CCA exam as well as the State of Wisconsin CCA exam, worked for nearly 10 years as a crop adviser and provided documentation of professional competence.
AGGRAND Fertilizer Recognizes Sandbeck’s CCA Certification Expertise
“More than 13 years of AGGRAND experience, coupled with Walt’s landscaping and gardening background and hard work passing the CCA exam, make it a natural fit for him to be a Certified Crop Advisor,” said Richard Holappa, AGGRAND research and development manager. “This milestone (for him) will be a definite asset to the AGGRAND business.”
AGGRAND creates organic and all natural liquid fertilizers that support sustainable agriculture efforts of the farmer, landscape and nursery professionals, lawn care specialists, golf course superintendent and turf pros, wildlife food plot management, orchards and the home gardener.
The CCA Certified Crop Advisor program estimates that greater than 70% of crop acreage in the US is directly or indirectly impacted by a CCA. The program is based on the slogan for their offered assistance, That’s Sound Advice. “Your Farm. Your Life. Your Adviser. CCA. Twenty years of sound advice for those feeding the world.”
From the CCA Program
“Protecting your business with a certified CCA professional is one of the most powerful risk management tools available to farmers today. Whether you hire a CCA to provide advice or as an employee, you can sleep well knowing that your CCA has met the professional standards set by the American Society of Agronomy as part of the largest and oldest agriculturally oriented certification programs in North America. CCAs have the technical knowledge you demand. Our strict training, exams, education and field experience put them at the top of agronomists across the country – bar none. Equally as important, CCAs have the passion and commitment you desire by pledging to uphold our code of ethics as well as yours. For quality assurance and peace of mind, only a CCA will do.”
To learn more about the benefits of working with a Certified Crop Advisor contact AGGRAND at 715-399- 6419 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . More information about the CCA program and a CCA directory is available at www.certifiedcropadviser.org.
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Diane E Adams, Liquid Natural Fertilizer Direct Account Dealer