ERA Tour: A Course For Adventure

Todd, Joleen Kautzman ERA Tour

Environmental respect means a lot of things: Recycling your empty pesticide containers. Keeping the chemicals in your warehouse secure. Providing training to ensure employee safety. Posting emergency contact information where it’s readily available. Helping out in your community and promoting agriculture and farm safety.

Good stewardship is similar the world over, and is practiced practically everywhere. In February, Todd Kautzman of Mott Grain & Agronomy, along with his wife Joleen, got to experience international stewardship firsthand when they traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico — home of 2008 Latin American region World of Respect winner Agroquimico de Jacona. Mott Grain & Agronomy beat out all state and regional U.S. winners to take home the 2008 National Environmental Respect Award.

A Real Feast

Traveling from Gaudalajara To Puerto Vallarta gave us a great opportunity to visit and see the countryside. This was about a 200- to 300-mile trip, with never a dull moment. This adventure also gave us a chance to eat many different types of Mexican food. WOW, this is real Mexican food! We attempted to try something different each day … and we did. What a feast!

The 2009 World of Respect tour took Todd and Joleen, along with Bob Weigelt, their DuPont representative, from Guadalajara to the twin cities of Zamorra and Jacon. After touring Agroquimico de Jacona’s strawberry operations, retail facility, and warehouse, the winners were treated to an excellent lunch at Agro-Jacona owner Gildardo Arroyo’s private residence with his personal Argentinian chef. A train ride to the town of Tequila educated the North Dakotans on how agave is grown and turned into Mexico’s most famous beverage, and a visit to DuPont partner DUCOR provided another look at the clean, organized operations of a Mexican distributor. Several days spent on the sunny beach in the luxorious resort town of Puerto Vallarta was the perfect ending to a great trip!

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