Author Archives: Bob Wanzel

About Bob Wanzel

Spirit Award Winner: A Brand New AgVentures

Seven years ago, Jamie Wetzel realized a goal when he accepted the crystal trophy in Washington, DC, signifying his employer, AgVentures LLC, had won the 2004 National Environmental Respect Award. “We entered the competition just to see how we measured up to our peers,” says Wetzel, manager of the Shawano, WI, AgVentures retail facility. “I

CPS Washington Court House: A Slow Planting Start

Being named one of five 2011 En­vironmental Respect regional winners is about the only good news the Crop Production Services (CPS) branch in Washington Court House, OH, has received all spring. “Last year by mid-May, we had 95% of our corn in the ground,” says Steve Mossbarger, facility manager. “This year, we’re lucky if we

CPS Pantego: An Unusual Ownership Transition

Crop Production Services (CPS) Pantego, NC, is a 2011 Environmental Respect regional winner. There’s a good chance that many would not associate the location with extremely large, flat and black fields. But about 50 years ago, the area was drained and a new agriculture was born — corporate agriculture. “The cost of clearing and draining

Progressive Solutions: An Army Of Applicators

Supporting crews of backpack applicators as they walk under power lines across some 28 states could be a logistics nightmare. Progressive Solutions LLC, the 2011 Land Management Environmental Respect Award National Winner, has mastered the task. The company annually trains and supplies an army of 500 backpack applicators, each spraying some 50 gallons of a

Environmental Respect Awards: 2011 Regional Winners

DuPont would like to sincerely congratulate the 2011 Environmental Respect Award (ERA) regional winners as wonderful examples of an entire industry that demonstrates its stewardship every day in the course of serving farmer-customers. The regional winners are: – Idaho: Land View, Inc.- Kansas: Tyree Ag- North Carolina: CPS Pantego- Ohio: CPS Washington Court House

Land View, Inc.: Creating A Park-Like Setting

From the road, the former Grange Hall — now the office location for the 2011 Environmental Respect regional winner Land View, Inc. — could pass for a roadside park. “When people started coming to this valley, it was all sage brush,” explains Dee Hunsaker, crop consultant. “They brought irrigation to the area and made it

Crop Production Services (Snow Hill, NC): The Best Of Three Worlds

The Snow Hill, NC, Crop Pro­duction Services (CPS) Unit, a 2010 Regional Environmental Respect Award winner, combines the best of three worlds in its service to area growers. The Snow Hill facility was once a United Ag Products outlet with two competing CPS units in nearby North Carolina communities. Now all three are under the