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.
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
Growing up on a farm gives one a unique perspective on environmental stewardship, says Daron Bell, manager of Crop Production Services (CPS) in Clarkson, KY. “It becomes first nature to us that I have to take care of the resources that take care of me,” says Bell. “That means controlling any erosion of the soil
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
What a difference a few decades makes when it comes to environmental respect, says Joe Hawkins, manager for Ceres Solutions in Rockville, IN. “When I look back at the way we did things when I entered the business in 1979, I would have to say that it is not something I am proud of,” says
“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.
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
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
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
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