Providing Training and Education for Advanced and Beginner Certified Crop Advisors in the Northeast
Cummings, Jaime; Wise, Ken
Each year, hundreds of prospective certified crop advisors (CCA’s) prepare for the certification exams across the country. This certification is required by many reputable independent crop consulting firms for their scouts and consultants to ensure that they hire only the best and most well-informed applicants. Each region of the country has its own certification exam, including the Northeast region. Preparation for the Northeast region certification involves a three day intensive training in Syracuse in November, followed by self-study with online tutorial videos, and finally two exams in February. Once certified, CCA’s must also earn annual continuing education credits to retain their certification and to stay current on relevant issues. One way to accomplish that is by attending the annual advanced training sessions. The NYS IPM field crops and livestock team has been an integral partner working with the CCA board toward developing and providing training materials for exam preparation and hosting annual advanced training sessions for continuing education credits. In 2018 and 2019, we developed video courses for the IPM, Disease Management, and Insect Management sections of the basic training curriculum. Each year we are invited to provide in-person advanced training sessions on topics such as managing early-season bird damage with Avipel seed treatment, biocontrol of the cereal leaf beetle, scouting tactics and IPM approaches to pest management, and the expansion and management of the soybean cyst nematode. All trainings and videos reach hundreds of current and prospective CCA’s, and emphasize the importance of understanding and implementing integrated pest management tactics for all diseases and pests.
NYS IPM Type: Project Report
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Agricultural IPM; Field Crops; Communication
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