In 1982, Paul Buckmeier, John Sillings, and I formed the Indiana Association of Independent Crop Consultants. John and I worked IPM north of Indianapolis and Paul worked the south. We formed the Association because of what we saw as members of the National Association of Independent Crop Consultants. There was significant cooperation between crop consultants and University professionals in solving IPM problems. So, we started having the first Indiana CCA conferences (mostly meetings with Rich Edwards, Tom Turpin, and John Obermeyer from Purdue Entomology). The purpose of these meetings was to exchange ideas on Scouting methods and sampling, insect thresholds and economics, and public acceptance of IPM methodology. Paul, John, and I assisted Jim Vorst in the early stages of development of the first Indiana CCA state exam for certification. We were among the first consultants to take the exam and then served as a review board for the style of questions and areas of proficiency. Professionalism has always been the goal of the CCA program.
Agriculture lost a visionary. Quentin looked at agriculture differently; he didn’t look at it for what our industry was, but he saw what our industry could become. Quentin served the Indiana CCA as their administrator for 13 years. During that time Quentin had a lot of strong personalities to work with, which he always handled with grace, professionalism and a knowing grin. His strengths shined through in 2020 when Covid threatened every professional meeting everywhere. He negotiated countless contracts while he and his team had the technology expertise to pull it all together for the benefit of our CCAs and so many others across the country in the organizations that looked to him for guidance. Quentin had a broad scope of experiences and plentiful contacts worldwide; many of us never knew that because Quentin was not flashy nor a braggard. He was accomplished, unconventional, sincere and is greatly missed by so many.
Quentin was a dedicated family man. Raised on a central Illinois grain & livestock farm, the youngest of ten children, he made his home in the nearby town of Monticello, Illinois. Quentin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Agricultural Communications and a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in Technology Education.
After serving a two-year Peace Corps tour in Tunisia he returned to central Illinois and married his loving wife of 31 years. She and their 4 cherished daughters and grandchildren were his greatest joy. He was a person of strong faith, high integrity, and a strong and independent work ethic.
Dr. James Vorst was one of the founding fathers of the International Certified Crop Adviser program, and also worked closely with the Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois programs. He was a part of the first discussions in 1991 about developing a certification category for agricultural practitioners that did not require a college degree. Soon thereafter the American Society of Agronomy voted to establish CCA, and he led development of the learning objectives, protocols, and the first exams offered in 1993. His CCA work continued past his retirement in 2010.
Vorst’s combination of agricultural knowledge and education principles helped to assure the program had solid foundations. From the start, he organized teams of subject matter experts as well as practitioners in the field to ensure the program met the needs of the end users. He engaged with testing organizations such as SAT and ACT to ensure the outcomes were measurable and the tests valid, and used reading specialists to keep materials at the appropriate level for the audience. He asserted the emphasis should be on learning, not just passing a test. CCA is now the largest, most recognized agriculturally-oriented certification program in North America, with nearly 13,000 members.
Vorst grew up on a farm in Putnam County, Ohio. He received his B.S. in Ag Engineering and M.S. in Agronomy/Turf from Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Vorst was on the Purdue faculty from 1969 to 2010, where he taught courses in grain crops, crop ecology, and agricultural ethics, was an adviser for the Agronomy Club and hundreds of students, and directed graduate student research in crop production. He received numerous national and university awards and was honored as Fellow by both the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society.
Bob is a NE Missouri farm boy. After serving in the Army and graduating from the University of Missouri with an Agronomy Degree, he spent his career in the retail fertilizer business. In the late 80’s he and other industry people saw the need for a standard of agronomic proficiency to validate the agricultural profession. Education on a continuing basis would be necessary to underpin this certification.
Modeling after this same concept developed in Nebraska, several individuals, including Bob contributed thought and effort to the creation of Indiana’s CCA program.
Betsy Bower is a trusted agronomic voice in the Indiana agriculture community for nearly 30 years. Her areas of expertise include working with no-till and reduced till customers improving their cropping system regarding nutrient and irrigation management and crop protection. Betsy brings a degree in agronomy from Purdue University and a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska. She resides with her family in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and travels the southwest Ceres Solutions trade area in her work serving local farmers.
Chris Voglewede was born and raised in Decatur, IN. He earned a BS degree in Plant Protection and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Field Crop Entomology from Purdue University. Chris joined American Cyanamid Company in 1993 and had several roles as Senior Technical Service Rep, Regional Customer Agronomist, and Sales Rep. Chris joined Dow AgroSciences in 2000 as a Global Tech Transfer Leader for the Urban Pest Management business. He moved to the Supply R&D function in 2006 to lead the Product Delivery and Support Team that included the Formulation Development Lab, Global Sample Shipping, Greenhouse Biology Team, and the Bulk Handling Team. In 2010, Chris was named Global Leader for the newly formed Insect/Nematode/Disease Management/Seed Treatment Technology Center in Crop Protection R&D. He then moved to Calgary, Canada to assume an R&D Business Partner role that included leadership responsibilities in Crop Protection, Seeds/Traits and Regulatory. On his return to the U.S. in 2013, he was named Global Product Development Leader for the Corn and Soybean Herbicides/Nitrapyrin Global Business Team. In 2015, Chris assumed Crop Protection Field Science Leader for North and Latin America. He was promoted to Sr. R&D Director Leading the Global Crop Protection Center of Expertise for Corteva in 2017. After 27 years in the industry, Chris retired in 2019.
Over his career, Chris was active in presenting in multi-disciplinary professional scientific organizations including Entomological Society of America, Weed Science Society of America, Canadian Weed Science Society, and American Chemical Society. Chris was active in the Indiana CCA serving as Ag Chem Industry Representative, Pest Management Tri-State Exam review committee, was INCCA Board Chairman 2000-2004, and later served as an ex-officio member.
In 2017, Chris was awarded Distinguished Purdue Ag Alumni Award in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions to his profession and to agriculture. Chris is inventor/co-inventor on over 12 U.S. patents and has a special interest in innovation characterization, intellectual property protection and development/commercialization of new technology solutions.
Chris and his wife Paula have 6 children, 4 of whom are proud Boilermakers!