Sunderland Co-operative Inc.

Sunderland Co-operative Inc.

May 24, 2012 13:17 ET

Certified Crop Specialist Credentials Earned by Two Local Agribusiness Professionals

SUNDERLAND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - Adam Bent and Brian Colville, FS crop specialists with Sunderland Co-operative Inc. have successfully completed the requirements necessary to hold credentials as Certified Crop Specialists (CCS) in the FS Co-operative System. Both, Bent and Colville are already certified crop advisors in Ontario and this achievement of earning CCS status within the GROWMARK System is the next level up in their extensive agricultural training.

The Certified Crop Specialist accreditation recognizes crop advisors for their production expertise, says Blain Thompson, general manager for Sunderland Co-operative. "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," explains Thompson.

To earn the prestigious title of Certified Crop Specialist, Bent and Colville were 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.

Sunderland Co-operative Inc. serves parts of Durham/York Regions, and the county of Victoria. It has a membership of 1,800 farmers or rural-residents and more than 60 years of successful operation. It is a full service agricultural co-operative providing products and services in feed, agronomy, grain marketing, energy products and services and has a retail store on site that provides hardware products, pet supplies and work wear. Sunderland Co-operative is a member-owner of GROWMARK, Inc. and markets its products and services under the FS banner.

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