The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) has announced that 132 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) program. Participants can also earn up to eight SmartStart credits from AgChoice Farm Credit at the conference. The PASA Conference will present four days of agricultural education opportunities from February 3 to 6 in State College, PA.

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) has pre-approved 64 sessions for Continuing Education Units. CCA creates a benchmark of professionalism for practicing agronomy professionals in the United States and Canada. Advisers and consultants certified through CCA are required to earn 40 CEUs every two years.

AgChoice Farm Credit has pre-approved the entire conference for SmartStart credits. The program encourages beginning and small farmers to log SmartStart credits for completion of educational workshops, which add up to a reduced interest rate on a new AgChoice loan. Each full day of attendance will earn attendees two SmartStart credits, while each half day attendance will earn one credit. Attending all four days of the 2016 PASA Conference would earn a 0.50% interest rate reduction for three years.

“PASA is excited to offer both types of credits. It reflects the caliber of educational programming we’re able to offer at the conference,” says Franklin Egan, Director of Educational Programs at PASA.

The conference programming covers the diversity of farm types, with topics ranging from farming business practices to production methods for dairy, meat, vegetable, and fruit operations. Pre-registration closes January 25 at 5 p.m.