CHS has partnered with The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) 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.
“CHS is committed to sustainable products and practices where they matter most: on the farm,” says Gary Halvorson, CHS vice president, retail agronomy. “Like most farmers, our owners look to their agronomists to help them increase efficiency of their farming operations alongside best practices in agricultural sustainability.”
The agronomy 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 Management, Resistance Management, and Precision Applications.
The interactive, on-demand training modules will focus on proven best practices for integrated nutrient management, crop protection as well as sustainable farming practices based on benchmark data and case studies from CHS retailers like the location based out of Shipman, Illinois.
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.