Simplot Langdon: Being A Good Neighbor

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“Nothing hits the ground” unless it’s intended to be there. This belief is practiced daily by the employees at Simplot Grower Solutions in Langdon, ND, and is one of the many reasons this location was honored as a 2011 state Environmental Respect Award winner.

“We believe that environmental respect is everyone’s duty,” says Troy Olson, unit supervisor for Simplot Langdon. “It is a goal that we strive for each year here.”

Simplot Langdon delivers solutions to growers in the northeastern region of North Dakota by providing crop protection products as well as consulting services, computer mapping, and custom and variable rate application. Exceptional customer service is only one way this facility shows it’s commitment to stewardship.

“We care about the impact our business activities and the products we sell have on the environment and our community,” says Olson.

According to Olson, the Langdon facility has a close relationship with the community as it is largely agriculture-driven. The facility supports events at area schools, emphasizing the importance of protecting the environment. The message of public safety and stewardship is communicated to the local city council, town organizations and state agencies.

“Employees here have a sense of obligation to educate and inform the community of our business activities,” says Olson. “We are known in the community as an environmentally responsible entity.”

The facility relies heavily on local law enforcement and fire officials to protect the area’s health and safety. The company conducts annual tours with emergency personnel and has hosted full-scale drills with local fire agencies. In addition to its focus on neighborhood safety, Simplot donates and sponsors community events, baseball leagues, student field trips and works to educate on drug and domestic violence awareness.

“The future of all involved in agriculture is dependent on our environmental stewardship today,” says Olson. “Retail agriculture dealerships must invest and commit to respecting the environment.”

Sfiligoj is the Editor for both CropLife and CropLife IRON magazines. He travels regularly to cover industry events and has been dedicated to the ag retail industry since he joined the staff in 2000.
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