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Simplot Hatfield: Investing In Environmental Stewardship

When considering the need for environmental responsibility in ag retail, Terry Swinson, operations manager for Simplot Grower Solutions in Hatfield, MN, says observers need only look to the recent past for some perspective. “A small thing can grow into a big problem,” says Swinson. “We have seen city water that could no longer be drunk.

CPS Lake Odessa: Commitment To Improved Stewardship

Like many agricultural businesses across the nation, the land Crop Production Services (CPS), Lake Odessa, MI, sits on has housed many retail fertilizer facilities for as long as most in the community can remember. “Unfortunately the handling practices and environmental stewardship that is prevalent today has not always been a practice in the past,” says

MaxYield Cooperative: Environmental Stewardship Through Precision Ag

Tom Winkel began his career in ag retail in 1977, an age in agriculture, he explains, that was very different from today. “Some important changes have taken place,” explains Winkel, safety operator for MaxYield Cooperative, West Bend, IA. “The usage rates of herbicides 20 to 30 years ago left countless pails and containers to dispose

Illini FS: Building Trust In The Community

“Outreach” is defined as the act of extending services and benefits to a wider section of the population, something that is normal business practice for the team at Illini FS in Champaign, IL. “Our [agriculture’s] positive farm image needs to be continued and replenished on a constant basis,” says Pat Titus, safety and regulatory administrator.

Wilbur-Ellis Caldwell: Protecting People And The Planet

For the team at Wilbur-Ellis in Caldwell, ID, environmental stewardship is a way to care for current and future generations. This “People + Planet” mentality is what earned them a 2011 state Environmental Respect Award. “Wilbur-Ellis must have environmental respect so that we are able to help American agriculture grow for future generations,” says Kenny

Simplot Edison: Creating Sustainable Work Practices

For some companies, environmental stewardship represents an attempt to make amends for America’s historic track record in this arena. “Unfortunately, our country has neglected and abused our Earth’s environment for centuries,” says Cathy Morris, operations supervisor for Simplot Grower Solutions in Edison, CA. “We have drilled, probed and mined our oceans and ground beyond repair

CPS Wynne: Protecting The Environment

From a young age, children at the dinner table are taught to count their blessings before they eat. According to Carlton Fisher, location manager for Crop Production Services (CPS), Wynne, AR, ag retailers should do the same with their stewardship practices. “We make our living based on the blessings of the environment,” says Fisher, whose

2011 Environmental Respect Awards: The State Winners

These 17 retailers are recognized for their commitment to agricultural environmentalism: Protecting Our Blessings Crop Production Services, Wynne, AR From a young age, children at the dinner table are taught to count their blessings before they eat. According to Carlton Fisher, location manager for Crop Production Services (CPS), Wynne, AR, ag retailers should do the