ERA Regional Winners Named

It’s been busy these past weeks, but hopefully you’ve seen the June issue of CropLife® magazine and read about the 20 state winners of the 2008 Environmental Respect Awards. Who has made it to the next level to become one of the six regional winners in the U.S.?

Five top farm supply retail businesses and one vegetation management and forestry applicator have been selected as the U.S. regional Environmental Respect Award winners for 2008.

- Superior Forestry Service, Tilly, AR, vegetation management and forestry applicator.
– Ritter Crop Services, Inc., West Ridge, AR, farm supply retailer.
– Posey County Co-op, Mt. Vernon, IN, farm supply retailer.
– Wilbur-Ellis Co., Grant, MI, farm supply retailer.
– Silverado Ranch Supply, Yerington, NV, farm supply retailer.
– Mott Grain & Agronomy, Mott, ND, farm supply retailer.

The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and CropLife, are the agricultural industry’s highest recognition for environmental stewardship among U.S. agricultural retailers and vegetation management applicators, those who serve growers, ranchers, and vegetation management customers with weed and pest control, nutrients, and agronomic information critical to effective crop production.

“We honor these businesses because they are ensuring the safety and health of tomorrow’s communities — both rural and urban — through sustainable practices,” says Jim Collins, vice president and general manager of DuPont Crop Protection.

These businesses were selected by a panel of industry experts and won the award based on excellence in site design, in-plant storage and handling procedures, proper application, and leadership in safety and stewardship among customers and employees. The state winners are profiled in the June issue of CropLife magazine.

Each regional winner will receive the distinctive Environmental Respect Award personalized crystal sculpture during a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. in July where the national winner will be named. Winners also receive a press campaign and a public relations kit. For information on the Environmental Respect Awards, visit www.environmentalrespect.com.

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