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Published July 10, 2010, 07:42 AM

Vogel is certified crop adviser

Justin Vogel of Witt Consulting, LaMoure, N.D., was recently certified by the American Society of Agronomy as a certified crop adviser. To attain this certification Vogel passed an international CCA exam and the North Dakota CCA exam, worked for four years as a crop adviser and provided documentation of professional competence. He also holds a crop and weed science and agricultural economics degree from North Dakota State University.

Justin Vogel of Witt Consulting, LaMoure, N.D., was recently certified by the American Society of Agronomy as a certified crop adviser. To attain this certification Vogel passed an international CCA exam and the North Dakota CCA exam, worked for four years as a crop adviser and provided documentation of professional competence. He also holds a crop and weed science and agricultural economics degree from North Dakota State University.

As a certified crop adviser, Vogel has signed and agreed to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics. This means he will always focus on grower profitability while optimizing and protecting natural resources.

To maintain his CCA certification Vogel must earn 40 hours of approved continuing education units every two years. CEUs must be divided between nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, crop management and professional development. Research scientists at land grant universities provide much of this cutting edge training.

The Certified Crop Adviser Program is administered by the American Society of Agronomy in Madison, Wis. Since 1993, only 13,500 men and women in the United States and Canada have earned and maintain their CCA designation.

CCAs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service as eligible to register as technical service providers. They will provide assistance to farmers in protecting resources through conservation planning in soil and water, nutrient, crop, and pest management. CCAs are also recognized as agricultural experts by the USDA Risk Management Agency which administers the Federal Crop Insurance Programs.

For more information, contact Vogel at 701-320-4054 or by e-mail: jvogel84@hotmail.com. For more information about the CCA program and a CCA Directory, go online to www.certifiedcropadviser. org.

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