Speaker Spotlight

Ignacio A. Ciampitti
Kansas State University
Dr. Ignacio A. Ciampitti was born in Buenos Aires City, in Argentina. He received his degree in Agricultural Engineer at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the previous study, Ignacio, worked in a thesis project related to nitrous oxide emissions from soybean.
During his time pursuing a Ph.D. at Purdue University, Ignacio worked as a research assistant, and was actively involved in the graduate students’ representatives committee. Ignacio received several honors among them, Marschner Young Scientist Award, Gamma Sigma Delta Professional Award, M.O. Pence Memorial Scholarship, Gerald O. Mott Award, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Research Award, George D. Scarseth Scholarship, and the International Scholar Award from IPNI.
Currently, he is the Cropping Systems Specialist at Kansas State University, department of Agronomy. His research is connected to understanding the genotype x environment x management practices interaction, including crop physiology, production, remote sensing and modeling tools. He is also an Associate Editor for Crop Science Journal, and he is also actively involved in the reviewing process for several International Journals (i.e. Agronomy Journal, Crop Science, Field Crops Research, and Frontiers in Plant Science). He is also an active member of the Crop Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, CAST and Epsilon Sigma Phi. He recently has received awards for his early professional career achievements such as the Early Career Awards for Epsilon Sigma Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta.
Ignacio married Gloria in 2007 and they have three children, Simon, Josefina and Jeremías. For recreation, Ignacio enjoys time spent with family and friends, the outdoors and cooking.
• Ph.D. Crop Physiology and Nutrition, Purdue University, 2012
• M.S. Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition, Univ. of Buenos Aires, 2009
• B.S. Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2005
Online registration for the February 2, 2018 Exam is open until December 8, 2017.  For details and online registration, click here.

Indiana Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) of the Year Award

Consider nominating a qualified CCA you employ or know for the “Indiana Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award”. This award will recognize an individual who has performed superior service for their farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, pest and crop production.
The purpose of our Indiana award program is to increase the awareness to other CCAs and their farmer customers that their service providers strive to do their best not only in making economically sound cropping decisions but also ones that are environmentally sound. With increasing farm size, complexity of management options, and increasingly complex regulations, we foresee farmers relying more and more on the advice of specialists who are CCAs.
The award will be presented to the winner at the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference on December 12-13, 2017, in Indianapolis. The county Farm Bureau that submits the winning application will receive $250 and the CCA winner will receive $1,500. In addition, the winner will receive 3 complimentary registrations to future Indiana Certified Adviser Conferences and  the winner will be eligible for the National CCA Award of $1,000. The Indiana winner will be submitted to the International CCA Board for consideration for the International CCA of the Year Award
To be considered for the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Award, a CCA must be certified in Indiana and nominated by a county Farm Bureau, by an active Farm Bureau member, or by the employer of the CCA who knows of the CCA’s qualifications.
Additionally, other agricultural groups may suggest nominations. These other agricultural groups should work with their county farm bureau on the nomination since the Nomination Form must be signed by the county Farm Bureau president.
A Nomination Form, Letter of Recommendation Form, and Tips for Completing the Nomination are included. Please feel free to copy and distribute them to those who might be using the services of a CCA.
The nomination should include the Nomination Form, three letters of recommendation – one from the CCA’s employer and two from customers. Three letters of recommendation may come from customers if the CCA is self-employed.
Indiana Farm Bureau must receive the nomination by November 10, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Quentin Rund at 1-800-387-1283 or Justin Schneider 317-692-7835.

CCA of the Year

The Indiana CCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2017 CCA of the Year, William Bradford. 
CCA of the Year
William Bradford (center) accepts the Indiana CCA of the Year Award from Board Chair, Traci Bultemeier (left) and Justin Schneider, Indiana Farm Bureau (right).
Indiana CCA is an annual award given to an individual selected by an executive committee of the Indiana CCA Board. This committee is composed of the Board Chair, Past Board Chair, recent Ex Officio Board Chair and a representative of the Indiana Farm Bureau.
A list of candidates is submitted by local farm bureaus. These candidates are considered and ranked as the best representative of CCA to serve and protect the public interest. Individuals selected for Indiana CCA of the year demonstrate leadership and effectiveness in their agricultural roles. Through the award, we look to recognize those CCAs who demonstrate higher standards of sharing knowledge, skill and conduct in the field of agronomy.

Indiana CCA Scholarship

The recipients of the Indiana CCA Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year:
Name Hometown Program School
Mallory Butler Vincennes, IN Ag Studies Vincennes
Julia Fibbe South Hamilton, MA Agronomy Purdue
Brandon Horn Libertyville, IL Plant Science
Kelsey Lennon Crown Point, IN Agribusiness Purdue