Washington, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) today expressed its strong support for a new 4R Nutrient Management Planning Specialty Certification (NMP) Specialty Certification for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs). Interest in the new professional designation is high, with more than 70 CCAs in six states taking the first 4R specialty certification exam on August 7.
“Enabling implementation of science-based fertilizer best management practices on the farm has never been more important for the fertilizer industry,” said TFI President Chris Jahn. “We know that many farmers find value in working with CCA’s because they have the commitment, education, expertise, and experience to make a difference and attainment of the 4R specialty designation will now further certify advisors’ professionalism.”
CCA certification provides a benchmark for more than 13,000 practicing agronomy professionals in the United States and Canada. The 4R NMP exam is currently being offered to Certified Crop Advisors in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, with plans to expand to more states. Additional exams in the initial six states will be offered later this winter.
The CCA program’s professional standards are also widely respected by academia and government, and are referenced in statutes. The 4R NMP Specialty Certification was developed by the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and is open to all CCAs.
The Fertilizer Institute has issued a letter of support the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) promoting the new 4R NMP Specialty Certification. You can link to the letter of support here: Letter of Support.