An agronomist from southern Ontario is receiving an international recognition from his peers.
Dale Cowan, senior agronomist and sales manager with AGRIS and Wanstead Cooperatives, has been named the 2016 International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year.
The award recognizes a certified crop adviser (CCA) who “delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown that they are a leader in their field, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agriculture industry.”
“Dale is a great example of the knowledge, experience, innovation, and ethical conduct that the CCA program has come to be recognized for,” said AGRIS general manager Jim Campbell in the ICCA news release. “Through his professional and volunteer activities, Dale has been instrumental in the development and promotion of sustainable agronomy and precision farming practices throughout Ontario.”
He has advised growers on corn, soybeans, and wheat as well as cucumbers, watermelons, and tomatoes over more than 35 years. He mentors 14 other CCAS and reviews recommendations across 275,000 acres.
Cowan’s also been the president of the Ontario Agri-Business Association (OABA); chair of the Ontario CCA Board; vice chair of the Provincial Nutrient Management Advisory Committee; and involved in the Crops Input Committee/Agriculture Research and Education Committee. He is also the CCA representative to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Soil Health Working Group and a member of the Ontario CCA Exam Committee.
The award is presented each year at the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Annual Meeting, with the 2016 meeting to be held in Phoenix in November.
The last Canadian to receive the recognition was Manitoba Agriculture’s John Heard, who was named International CCA of the Year in 2014.
A few RealAg videos with Dale Cowan: