Proper containment? Check. Written emergency plans? Check. Well drained containment areas free of leaks and cracks? Check. This Environmental Respect Award state winner has its bases covered when it comes to facility operations, improvements and regulatory requirements. The processing and mixing area sits on a diked concrete pad. Rinsates are segregated and recycled. Security training is held.
Where Crop Production Services (CPS) of Greenville, OH, hits a home run is outside of the concrete walls, with employees, customers and a focus on energy and natural resources.
“We believe that our responsibilities arise from strong, continuously improving business systems that extend beyond meeting regulatory requirements,” says Scott Raubenstine, facility manager. “Our neighbors and communities have high expectations for our business and expect that we will operate in a responsible and transparent manner.”
To this end, CPS Greenville works to evaluate and eliminate workplace hazards, provide high-quality equipment and train employees on emergency management, proper use and disposal of chemicals and workplace safety. Crop consultants are trained on proper nutrient management plans, integrated pest management, field scouting and product safety so they can transfer the information to grower customers.
“Variable-rate technologies increased 100 fold in the last five years,” explains Raubenstine. “It allows our retail locations to apply the right amount of nutrients placed exactly in the right location while minimizing the environmental impact and maximizing grower economics.”
The location places high value in grower training and conducts plant tours and presentations on the benefits of variable rate technology, crop nutrient plans and soil and water resource management.
“Communicating our environmental stewardship plans will enable the community and future generations of growers to understand the importance that fertilizers and chemicals have on the productivity of agriculture while ensuring everyone can participate and live in a safe and pollution free environment.”
Note: Crop Production Services (CPS) of Greenville, OH, is a 2012 state Environmental Respect Award winner. For more information on this program, which is sponsored by DuPont, click here.