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The primary purpose for continuing education is to further enhance the skills of a CCA and routinely update their knowledge as new information and technologies become available. The pace of change and innovation in agriculture today is unprecedented and the demands being placed on CCAs have expanded to meet these challenges. It is brought on, in part, by growing environmental concerns, consumer demands, international trade liberalization, and the use of science and communications technologies that were unthinkable a decade ago.

Traditionally, the continuing education component of the Certified Crop Adviser Program has focused solely on agronomic topics. In recognition of the multi-faceted services required of CCAs, we are adding an optional educational area dealing with professional development topics.

Professional Development Subject Matter:

Seminars should provide the CCA with opportunities to expand their knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Ethics training
  • Computer courses
  • Business courses
  • Economics seminars
  • Legislative and policy related training or information sessions
  • Communications