We’re about a year removed now from the West Fertilizer disaster, an event which quickly brought about talk of heightened regulation and governmental oversight of the ag distribution and retail channel. And while it pointed out that vigilance is still needed when it comes to fertilizer and crop protection storage and handling, I believe it to be an exception to the rule: the great majority of retailers have employed best practices, and are running operations that protect the communities and environments in which we live and work.
Disasters like West Fertilizer tend to eclipse the many great stories of dedicated managers and operations in ag retail. But this only makes it that much more important to highlight great stories of Environmental Respect that we can share with regulators and the public. That’s one of the main reasons we serve as the media partner for DuPont Crop Protection’s Environmental Respect Awards program.
I am urging you to consider entering one or more of your locations into the program. The self-audit package explains everything you need to know to enter. State and regional winners are selected by an independent judging panel, and the regional finalists will be invited to attend a special awards function where a national winner will be named. Deadline for entries is March 10, so please act now.
The stories of all the state and regional winners will be shared via CropLife magazine and CropLife.com, and publicity support to local media will help share the good news with local and regional citizens and leaders.
Visit www.EnvironmentalRespect.com to enter online or download a printable self-audit booklet.
Thanks for your consideration, and we look forward to your participation in the 2014 Environmental Respect Awards program. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 440-602-9142.