MORE THAN 500 American Society of Agronomy (ASA) certified crop advisers (CCA) from 37 states and Canada have completed an accredited continuing education course offered free online at the Farm Industry News (www.farmindustrynews.com) and the Farm Press University (www.farmpressuniversity.com) Web sites.

The course on spray drift management developed by Delta Farm Press, Farm Industry News's sister publication, was launched six months ago and has drawn strong support nationwide, says publisher Greg Frey. “We have been gratified by the positive response received from certified crop advisers from Maryland to Florida and from Georgia to New Mexico and California,” he says.

The course features a series of texts and 27 multiple-choice questions. The participant can proceed only if he or she answers the questions correctly. An incorrect answer takes the CCA back to the area of the text where the correct answer is found.

“This is a great way to earn CCA credits,” said CCA Irving Gates of Madera, CA. “I often struggle finding time to attend events offering CCA credits. Having the capability to do it online, late at night or early morning, is a great option.”

After completing the course, the CCA e-mails the course administrator, who then notifies ASA of the completion. The CCA can print a verification of completion for his or her records.

The ASA has accredited the course until August 2008 for one continuing education unit (CEU) in integrated pest management.