The Indiana Certified Crop Adviser conference is one of the biggest of the year in Indianapolis. More than 800 agronomists, consultants, fertilizer dealers, fertilizer dealership employees and farmers packed into meeting rooms to hear talks on a wide variety of topics ranging from weed control to fungicide resistance.
Certified crop advisers must keep up on training and receive credits for attending sessions so that they are up to date on the most pressing issues in production agriculture.
Each year the Indiana CCA Association names a CCA of the Year. This year, the honor goes to Andy Like, part of Daylight Farm Supply located in Evansville, Ind. Daylight Farm Supply serves a large number of farmer customers in southwest Indiana and prides itself on having trained people that not only understand the products that they sell, but that understand the dynamics of crop growth and problems that can occur.
Like succeeds Larry Huffmeyer, who was the 2012 Indiana CCA of the year. Huffmeyer, a long-time Syngenta rep in southeast Indiana, retired this past fall. He will continue to raise cover crops and no-till, along with his son, on his farm in Ripley County. He was also named Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts last year. That award was sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc.
Like was recognized at the luncheon during the second day of the Indiana CCA Conference this week. The announcement of the winner of the CCA of the year award is a closely guarded secret, and one of the highlights of the event. Someone other than the winner must nominate the person. One person on the selection committee said the competition was stiff, but Andy stood out as a premier leader in his community and as an expert in his business.