Ag Retailers Honored With Regional Environmental Respect Awards

ERA Selection Panel

Five top farm supply retail businesses have been selected as Environmental Respect Award regional winners in the U.S. for 2012. Winners were selected March 28 in Willoughby, OH. The winners are (alphabetized by state):

  • Crop Production Services – Wynne, AR
  • Crop Production Services – Vernalis, CA
  • Growmark FS – Milford, DE
  • Crop Production Services – Oakland, IL
  • South Dakota Wheat Growers – Chamberlain, SD

In addition to Regional Awards, the panel of judges selected Environmental Respect Award winners for Land Management, businesses that protect the environment while controlling vegetation along roadsides and near power lines; and Spirit of Respect, an award for past winning businesses that show continuing environmental spirit. These winners are:

Land Management:

  • Horizon Environmental Services, Inc. – Durango, CO

Spirit of Respect Award:

  • St. Clair Service Co. – Belleville, Illinois

The Environmental Respect Awards are the agricultural industry’s highest recognition for environmental stewardship among U.S. agricultural retailers, those who serve farmers and ranchers with the nutrients, pest control and agronomic information critical to effective crop production.

A panel of industry experts gathers each year to recognize achievement in environmental stewardship, professional excellence, and community involvement. The winners above won the award based on evidence of excellence in site design, in-plant storage and handling procedures, emergency preparedness and response, proper application and leadership in safety and stewardship among customers and employees.

Members of the 2012 selection committee were, Dr. Raymond Forney, DuPont Crop Protection Global Stewardship, Wilmington, DE; Jeff Green, DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, DE; Michelle Hummel, Agricultural Retailers Association, Washington, DC; Kathy Mathers, The Fertilizer Institute, Washington, DC; Mike Wilson, Wabash Valley Farm Service, Browns, IL; Steve Mossbarger, Crop Production Services, Washington Court House, OH; Doug Busdeker, The Andersons, Inc., Maumee, OH; and Paul Schrimpf, CropLife magazine, Willoughby, OH.

“DuPont is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Environmental Respect Awards and applauds their accomplishment in environmental stewardship,” said Rik Miller, president, DuPont Crop Protection.  “These leaders are helping to advance environmental safety as well as the safe use of agricultural products, and we hope they will inspire others who share our passion and commitment to elevate environmental stewardship around the world.”

Regional, Land Management and Spirit winners will receive the distinctive Environmental Respect Award personalized crystal sculpture, a statewide press campaign geared toward select print and broadcast media, and a public relations kit. These winners will travel to Washington, DC, in July to be honored alongside their peers at a special ceremony on Capitol Hill.

For more information about the Environmental Respect Award program, click here.

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