Sunrise Ag Service of Manito, IL, was awarded its 2008 state Environmental Respect Award at an open house celebration event. “Environmental respect is not an option,” says Todd Livengood, location manager. “It’s an ever-changing industry that never has sat still. That’s good and it’s exciting. We want to share that excitement.”
Sunrise was named the Environmental Respect Award state winner for Illinois. The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by CropLife® magazine and DuPont Crop Protection, 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 and services critical to effective crop production. Each year, a panel of industry experts gathers to recognize achievement in environmental stewardship, professional excellence, and community involvement.
The company places a large focus on community education and the education of future generations. In addition to carrying a positive message on environmentalism to their local community, Sunrise has been an example through everyday business practices. This full-service retailer has constructed secondary containment structures for liquid fertilizer tanks, and coordinates all of its mixing and loading in a contained area or on a concrete pad to catch accidental spills.
“Future generations are dependent upon our current environmental stewardship efforts,” said Jim Collins, vice president and general manager of DuPont Crop Protection. “These retail businesses take their responsibility very seriously and we’re proud to be affiliated with them.”