WASHINGTON – Today, Nick Allen Guilette of Casco, Wis., was named as the inaugural recipient of the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Conservationist of the Year Award for his conservation work with AgSource Laboratories.

Since 2010, Guilette has been an advanced nutrient management and GPS technician for AgSource Laboratories, where his responsibilities include writing plans for 20 growers on more than 25,000 acres while also sampling soils in the spring and fall.

The CCA Conservationist of the Year Award annually recognizes a certified crop adviser who exhibits dedication to exceptional conservation delivery and customer service and has shown to be a leader in their industry.

“Mr. Guilette has contributed substantially to the exchange of conservation ideas within the agriculture industry,” said Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Matt Lohr. “He is truly a leader in conservation.”

The 2019 award was presented by Chief Lohr to Guilette in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Mr. Guilette’s conservation efforts go back to his upbringing on the family farm, which instilled practices for being a good steward of the land,” said AgSource Laboratories Vice President of Laboratory Services Steve Peterson. “He is first and foremost an educator, teaching and sharing the experiences learned with growers, environmentalists and agency groups.”

The CCA Conservationist of the Year Award is supported by a conservation and agribusiness partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Agricultural Retailers Association, the American Society of Agronomy, CropLife America, Crop Science Society of America, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Soil Science Society of America, Syngenta and The Fertilizer Institute. The American Society of Agronomy administers the award. Learn more at

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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