Tuesday, August 15, 2017
DEADLINE: Friday, September 29, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Board are pleased to announce this year’s Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award. This award recognizes an individual who has performed superior service for their farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop production.
The CCA Award is designed to recognize a crop adviser who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, and is a leader in their field. To be considered, CCAs must be certified in Illinois.
This year’s Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award winner will be recognized in Chicago at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December, as well as at the Illinois CCA Conference in Springfield. The winner will also be submitted to the Illinois CCA Board for consideration for the International CCA Award.
This year we are excited to announce that the winner will also receive a $150 gift certificate to Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse in Chicago. In addition, the person who nominates the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Cabela’s.
Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) advise growers, farm managers, and farm operators on agronomic practices. Certification is voluntary, but farmers and employers prefer to work with CCAs because they have demonstrated that they have the commitment, education, expertise, and experience to make a difference in a client’s farming operation.
Nominations and letters of recommendation will be accepted online only this year. A complete nomination must include the Nomination Form and at least one Letter of Recommendation Form for each candidate. Those can be submitted by different people, and at different times, if necessary.
Nomination Forms should come from a County Farm Bureau (CFB) President, or have the approval of the CFB President. A list of CFB managers and presidents can be found here.
Letters of Recommendation should come from either the CCA’s employer or one of their customers. More than one Letter of Recommendation can be submitted for a nominee.
County Farm Bureaus may resubmit a past candidate who has not previously won the award.
Nominations must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Lyndsey Ramsey, Illinois Farm Bureau, at 309‑557‑3279, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Lisa Muirheid Martin, IL CCA Board, at 815-844-6677, email@example.com
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