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Nutrient Management Specialist certification program to launch in 2016

Dec. 1, 2015, Ontario – The Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Association has partnered with industry to launch the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) 4R Nutrient Management Specialist Certification in Ontario in early 2016. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place) framework incorporates the careful selection of best management practices validated by research in support of sustainable crop production. 

The pilot project, funded by an Ontario Memorandum of Cooperation between Fertilizer Canada, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ontario Agri Business Association (OABA) will incorporate a specialized CCA exam and study resource and will serve to meet the growing demand for qualified advisers with focused knowledge and skills in nutrient management. 

Local retail and agronomic providers are often a Canadian farmer's first choice for reliable resources and advice when making on-farm decisions. Providing formal, recognized training to CCAs will ensure that Ontario farmers receive trusted information about 4R Nutrient Stewardship.