Session
Title: Precision Ag CCAs
Date: Tue Jul 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moderator: Jenni Fridgen
Precision Agriculture Specialty for Certified Crop Advisers

The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program is adding a specialty certification in Precision Agriculture that is scheduled to be available in 2018. Specialty certifications are available to current CCAs in good standing that pass the Specialty Exam and maintain the Continuing Education required for the Specialty. The overall process for the Precision Agriculture Specialty Exam is just beginning and the workshop will focus on gathering information from industry experts as well as provide an opportunity for participants to be involved in defining the basis for this Specialty and the exam.  This will be accomplished through a facilitated discussion to identify the base of knowledge a CCA should have to be designated as a Precision Agriculture Specialist.  The workshop conversation will center around exploring ideas and reaching consensus on the Performance Objectives (or state of the practice), which will subsequently be used by the exam committee to write the exam.

Dawn Gibas (speaker)
Assessment Specialist
ASA/SSSA
5585 Guilford Road
Madison, WI 53711-5807
US
608-819-3900
Dr. Gibas is the Assessment Specialist with the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. She works with the credentialing exam programs for both agronomy and soils, which includes facilitating exam development and question writing as well as psychometric review and scoring. Dr. Dawn Gibas originally joined the ASA/SSSA staff in July 2010 as the Soil Science Program Coordinator. Prior to joining the ASA/SSSA staff Dr. Gibas was faculty at The Ohio State University in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) with a graduate faculty appointment in both the soil science and environmental science programs. Prior to her position at OSU, Dr. Gibas spent the majority of her career in environmental consulting and, for a shorter time, in county government as a Natural Resources Director. During her career she has, among other things, owned her own consulting business, managed the Minnesota office of Tetra Tech, and traveled across the U.S. as part of her work. She has a B.S. in soil science from the University of Wisconsin, a M.S. in soil physics and a PhD in forest hydrology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gibas is both a licensed and certified soil scientist.
Length (approx): 120 min