Author Archives: Bob Wanzel

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CPS (Fort Morgan, CO): Starting From Scratch

There is no book that teaches how to start a farm supply business from scratch, but if there was, Environmental Respect Award winner Don Geist could write it. Geist is branch manager of the Fort Morgan, CO. Crop Production Services (CPS) 2010 Environmental Respect Award-winning business. Geist and long-time business associate Terry Linker decided to

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

Landmark Services: A Plan Pays Off

Evansville, the soybean capitol of Wisconsin, is home to the Midwest 2010 Environmental Respect Award winner, Landmark Services Cooperative. The “soybean capitol” is not something just dreamed up by a public relations firm. The Wisconsin legislature officially bestowed the title on Evansville, and the moniker is proudly displayed on every road leading into town. Landmark

Willard Agri-Service (DE): Water Guardians

The Delmarva Peninsula is home base for the 2010 Regional Environmental Respect Award winner Willard Agri-Service of Green­wood, DE. “We are blessed to do business on a little oasis of very diverse crop production,” says Mike Twining, Greenwood branch general manager. “We are surrounded on three sides by water, and we have a nice coastal

2010 ERA: Regional Winners

DuPont would like to sincerely congratulate the 2010 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: • Colorado: Crop Production Services • Delaware: Willard Agri-Service • North Carolina: Crop Production Services • Washington: Quincy

Idaho: A Tradition Of Respect

The Camas Prairie is home for the Regional Environmental Respect-winning McGregor Prairie Unit, located between Nezperce and Craigmont, ID. At an altitude of 4,000 feet, this nearly 100,000-acre prairie supports wheat, malting barley, peas, lentils, and seed bluegrass. The McGregor Prairie Unit application season begins in early April and continues through Thanksgiving and includes anhydrous,

Texas: Bringing In New Ideas

Premier Ag, LLC of Dalhart, TX — one of this year’s Regional Environmental Respect winners — acquired a radically different approach to environmental protection three years ago when Mike Simpson was hired as operations manager. Simpson and his wife Chris moved from southwest Wisconsin to this Texas Panhandle retail outlet. He brought with him a

North Carolina: Going Old School

There’s an academic atmosphere at the Crop Production Service (CPS) Albertson, NC, outlet, a 2009 Regional Environmental Respect Award (ERA) winner. About a year ago, the business moved from nearby Pink Hill to a renovated elementary school building. “We’ve brought new life to a 50-year-old landmark,” explains Dexter Howard, branch manager. “The old classrooms, lunch

2009 ERA National Winner: Ingrained In The Environment

The Wabash Valley Service Co.’s Browns, IL, outlet is the 2009 National DuPont Environmental Respect Award Winner. A panel of expert judges selected the Wabash Valley winner from among entries received in this, the 19th year of competition. The Browns facility is spread over 10 acres and includes the latest in physical plant design and