The United Soybean Board (USB) supported the development of this American Society of Agronomy webinar series and the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Sustainability Specialty certification (SSp).

When it comes to being good stewards of the planet and its resources, how do people address sustainability? For many in agricultural production, sustainability has been considered at the farm/field level. Does the definition or evaluation change at larger scales? Water quality, energy, and carbon footprint will be discussed, and some tools to “measure” sustainability and continuous improvement will be presented.

CCA/CPAg/SSp: 1.0 Sustainability
CPSS/CPSC:  1.0 Professional Meeting

Sally Shaver
Shaver Consulting, Inc.

Sally obtained her B.S. in mathematics from Furman University, Greenville, SC and her M.S. in environmental engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, SC. She has 35 years of government service in the field of public health and the environment and has state, regional, national, and international experience.  She worked for the State of South Carolina, the CDC, and primarily for the US EPA.  The last half of her career at the US EPA was at the Senior Executive level and the last year there she served as the agricultural policy advisor to the Administrator.  She has broad experience in regulatory programs under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.  She managed both the national criteria pollutant and air toxics programs and numerous air and water programs for the southeast region.  She is a member of the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.  In April, 2009, Sally left the public sector and established her own consulting firm which specializes in agricultural and environmental policy. 

Matt Stermer
Research Associate, Outreach and Education Specialist-COMET Tools
Colorado State

Matthew Stermer is a Research Associate in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.  He is the Outreach and Education Specialist for the COMET-Farm and Comet-Planner tools and he is also an agronomist. As the Outreach and Education Specialist for the COMET-Farm team, Matthew develops and conducts audience specific training on the COMET-Farm and COMET-Planner tools. Matthew also provides user support for the COMET tools. The list of COMET-Farm users that he has trained include, NRCS staff, NGOs, researchers, students, land owners, land managers, farmers and ranchers.

Steve Cromley
Technical Agronomist
Koch Agronomic Services

Steve Cromley has held a CCA certification for 15 years. He received certification while working as a crop consultant in Southwest Kansas. He is certified in Missouri and Kansas. Cromley served on the Missouri CCA board in various positions for 5 years (2008-2012). For two of those years (2011-2012), he served as Chairman of the Missouri CCA board.  In 2014 Cromley was elected to the ICCA Executive Board, and currently serves as chair.  Cromley has been active with the North American CCA board as well. In 2007 he had the privilege of traveling to Washington D.C. as a representative for CCA. There, he briefed the Congressional Soils Caucus on nutrient management practices being implemented on the farm. He has twice served on a team to review and update the ICCA Nutrient Management and Soil and Water Performance Objectives. He was also chosen to represent ICCA at the first 4R Nutrient Management Summit in 2011. In 2013 and 14 Cromley served as chair for the North American CCA Budget and Finance Committee.  Cromley has a B.S. in Agronomy from Missouri State University and a M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Missouri.  He is an agronomist with Ingredion Inc.  Cromley provides agronomic support for contract growers and conducts research on proprietary corn hybrids.  Prior to his current position he was a Senior Agronomist with MFA Incorporated in Columbia, MO. Cromley developed and implemented the Technical Service Provider program for MFA Incorporated. Since 2007, the MFA TSP Program has developed over 250 comprehensive nutrient management plans. The MFA Agronomy Department provides agronomic support and training to over 200 retail locations in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma. 

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Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
December 08, 2015
Environmental and Resource Stewardship
Speaker Information
Steve Cromley   [ view bio ]
Sally Shaver   [ view bio ]
Matt Stermer   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Soil Science Society of America
Professional Meetings: 1.00
American Society of Agronomy
Sustainability: 1.00
Member/Certified Professional Price:$25.00
Non-Member Price:$40.00