SST Software announces new precision ag certification program
Richardson claims that a precision ag GIS system must have a set of underlying rules in place, starting with the field boundary, or organizations will run into trouble down the road. "That's the importance of this certification program," he continues, "It's not just about becoming acquainted with SST's suite of software. Our applications are only a portal into a robust technological system that provides valuable information services for the farmer. We are in the process of opening up this system as the agX Platform. As certified specialists become a part of that system, they develop a deep understanding of the key components needed for value-added services and how to implement them in the broader scope." Caitlan Jeffrey, a recent graduate, states, "Not only did we see what precision ag has done worldwide but also where precision ag is going."
SST believes that a key component for a successful program is a system to keep certified specialists up to date. Brandon Buie, developer of SST's distance training, states, "The technology evolves so fast that we needed a way to continually feed training to the certified specialists while also testing their knowledge so as to keep their certification status current and to develop them in various areas."
To meet this need, SST is working with other industry partners in the development of a new online training platform, slated to go live later this year. This training platform will provide continuing education and testing to certified specialists. Companies that are agX compliant will also be able to add courses to the online training library.
Graduating students or organizations interested in the SST Precision Ag Certification Program are encouraged to visit the website at www.sstsoftware.com/certification.