April 27, 2011 11:58 ET

Certified Crop Specialist Credentials Earned by Local Agribusiness Professional

ALLISTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2011) - Dave VanCasteren, FS Crop Specialist with FS PARTNERS has successfully completed the requirements necessary to hold credentials as a Certified Crop Specialist (CCS) in the FS Co-operative System. This prestigious achievement is the next level up in VanCasteren's extensive agricultural training. Dave already holds the designation of a certified crop advisor in Ontario.

The Certified Crop Specialist accreditation recognizes crop advisors for their production expertise, says Frank Barron, division manager for FS PARTNERS. "These credentials prove a CCS's ability to put his or her training to work in finding solutions that help producers optimize agronomic results, economic return and environmental stewardship," explained Barron.

To earn the original title of Certified Crop Specialist, VanCasteren was required to successfully complete a series of comprehensive written and verbal exams designed to establish base standards of knowledge on the topics of nutrient management practices, integrated pest management, soil erosion and water quality. Among the skill sets assessed were technical knowledge; the ability to discover, identify and analyze yield-limiting factors from a grower's field records; identify common pest problems and recommend economic treatment measures; discuss and analyze the economic aspects of crop production; and understand the need-identification process.

FS PARTNERS is a retail division of GROWMARK, Inc. that operates nine FS branded locations throughout central and southwestern Ontario, serving more than 13,000 customers and rural residents with high quality products and services in agronomy, grain marketing and energy.

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