ADA -- The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program, representing more than 550 Certified Crop Advisers in Ohio, has selected Melvin Lahmers of Newcomerstown as the 2012 Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year.

The award was presented at the Conservation Tillage Conference on March 5 in Ada.

Lahmers has been employed at TMK Bakersville for 17 years as an agronomic crop consultant with the primary purpose of assisting farmers in making cropping decisions that are economically and environmentally sound.

The award program is designed to recognize an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, crop production, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.

A Certified Crop Adviser must meet the standards set by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and maintain the certification through continuing education. They also sign a code of ethics pledging to develop programs in a professional manner which is in the best interests of the farmer. Together with the farmer, a CCA helps to develop a successful crop production program.