CHS, ASA Partner for Agronomy Training Development
CHS Inc. and the Madison-based American Society of Agronomy signed an agreement to collaborate in creating a dynamic, online-learning program focused on improving sustainability practices and standards in production agriculture. The curriculum will be designed for agronomists and agribusiness professionals and will establish a recognized, industry-wide standard of education to help agronomists and other agriculture professionals truly implement sustainable practices in the field.
The training program will be delivered in the form of webinars, case studies, live open-format remote meetings, and a virtual farm tour. With a focus on measuring sustainability and continuous improvement in production agriculture, the curriculum will cover topics such as 4R Nutrient Stewardship, Resistance Management, and Precision Applications.
“ASA was a natural choice to develop this training because it is seen as an unbiased, non-commercial provider of agronomy education,” said Luther Smith, director of professional development and business relations. “Here, we strive to provide the most current, science-based ducation not just to Certified Crop Advisers, but to the whole agronomy professional community,” said Luther Smith, director of professional development and business relations.
After training is completed for the initial cohort of CHS employees, the program will be made available to others through ASA’s online learning platform. The release date for open enrollment will be announced later in 2017.
The interactive, on-demand training modules will focus on proven best practices for integrated nutrient management and crop protection as well as sustainable farming practices based on benchmark data and case studies from CHS retailers.