Matthew VanTilburg of Celina has been named the 2016 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year by the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Board, and will receive a cash award of $1,500, provided by the Ohio Association of Independent Crop Consultants. He is owner and sales manager at VanTilburg Farms, Inc.
The award recognizes individuals who are highly motivated, deliver exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production, and have contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.
VanTilburg uses his 22 years of crop advising experience to provide services in nutrient management planning, weed management recommendations, soil sampling, scouting, seed recommendations, variable rate planning, harvest data management, cover crops and more.
He is active in his community, serving on his local 4-H advisory committee, Pheasants Forever, Wright State Lake Campus Ag Advisory Committee and the Ohio No-Till Council, among others.
“As a public speaker, community leader, mentor and agricultural advocate, Matt is an asset to the community who possesses many skills and qualities that set him apart from those in his field,” said Holly Wuebker, a peer and co-worker who nominated VanTilburg for the award. “He is always looking for new ways to enhance the agricultural field and utilize applications that will benefit customers and those in surrounding communities and beyond, as he has traveled to different states educating many on proper tillage, cover crop and farming practices,” she said. “For these and many more reasons, he should be recognized for his many years of experience and expertise, and especially his positive contributions to the agriculture community and assisting fellow Certified Crop Advisers.”
For more information about the Certified Crop Adviser Program, visit oaba.net/cca.