2017-04-26 / School News

Local ABAC student passes Crop Advisor Certification Exam

Jessica Hodges of Millen was among four Agronomy Club members majoring in agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College who recently took a giant step forward in their careers by passing the International and Regional portions of the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification examination.

Other students passing the exam were Neal Hancock from Byron, Olivia Minish from Royston and Hunter Schell from Eatonton.

“The Agronomy Club helped in preparing the students for the CCA training,” Dr. Justin Ng, assistant professor of agronomy, said. “This is the fourth group since 2014 that ABAC has helped support in this certification.”

Those previously certified include Dr. Ray Smith, professor and department head of agriculture (2013); Ng (2016); Jay Wingate, a diversified agriculture major from Hartsfield (2016); David Sutherland, a Cordele resident and ABAC graduate who is presently studying as a graduate student at the University of Georgia–Tifton campus (2016); and David Daughtry, an agriculture major from Ty Ty who is the current ABAC Agronomy Club President (2016). Additionally, ten other ABAC students have completed the crop certification program since 2014.

Smith, Ng, and ABAC Farm Manager Trey Davis serve as advisors of the ABAC Agronomy Club. Ng and Smith also oversee CCA training, and Davis and Daughtry assist with the training.

According to the Certified Crop Advisor website, the certification was established in 1992 to provide a benchmark for practicing agronomy professionals in the United States and Canada. Farmers and employers prefer to work with Certified Crop Advisors because they have demonstrated they have the commitment, education, expertise, and experience to make a difference.

Hancock, Hodges, Minish and Schell join more than 13,000 professionals in the largest, most recognized agriculturally-oriented certification program in North America. The program’s professional standards are widely respected by industry, academia, and government.

Return to top