Certified Crop Specialist credentials earned by FS PARTNERS agribusiness professional

CBJ Newsmakers

GUELPH, Ontario, April 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FS PARTNERS Crop Specialist Chris Albrecht of the Drayton branch has successfully completed the requirements necessary to hold credentials as a Certified Crop Specialist (CCS) in the FS Co-operative System. While he currently has his Ontario Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) designation, this latest achievement of earning CCS status within the GROWMARK System is the next level in his extensive agricultural training.

Albrecht joins the ranks of FS PARTNERS agronomy staff that are already Certified Crop Specialists: Quentin Hopcraft also working out of the Drayton branch, Tony Tennant of Ayr, Dave Van Casteren of Alliston and Stefan Dewaele out of Delhi are all recognized at this level of expertise.

“The Certified Crop Specialist accreditation recognizes crop advisors for their production expertise”, says Frank Barron, division manager for FS PARTNERS. “These credentials prove a CCS’s ability to put his or her training to work in finding solutions that help producers optimize agronomic results, economic return and environmental stewardship,” explains Barron.

To earn the prestigious title of Certified Crop Specialist, Albrecht was required to successfully complete a series of comprehensive written and verbal exams designed to establish base standards of knowledge on the topics of nutrient management practices, integrated pest management, soil erosion and water quality. Among the skill sets assessed were technical knowledge; the ability to discover, identify and analyze yield-limiting factors from a grower’s field records; identify common pest problems and recommend economic treatment measures; discuss and analyze the economic aspects of crop production; and understand the need-identification process.

FS PARTNERS is a retail division of GROWMARK, Inc. that provides agronomy products and services from its 16 locations and grain marketing services through its 10 Great Lakes Grain locations to customers throughout southern and central Ontario. Visit www.fspartners.ca


Frank Barron, division manager