Source: AgriMarketing and American Society of Agronomy

Two Certifid Crop Advisors (CCA) received the International CCA of the Year Award, Fred Vocasek and Ralph Franklin. Franklin received his award posthumously, as he died unexpectedly in June 2009.

When Fred Vocasek was asked to join the Kansas CCA board in its inaugural year, he thought he would help launch the group, stay for maybe 12 months, and then move on to other things. "That was 1992," he recalls with a laugh. Now, he jokes that his colleagues can't get rid of him.

When Ralph Franklin passed away last year, Tom Kemp says he not only lost a good friend, but a great teacher as well. Franklin excelled in teaching people to question their assumptions, develop their own knowledge, and think for themselves.

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