Agrium Advanced Technologies Celebrates Earth Day with Volunteer Activities

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2011 marks second year Agrium Advanced Technologies will participate in Earth Day activities in Northern Colorado

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At Agrium Advanced Technologies, it’s important for both our employees and our organization as a whole to engage in initiatives that support, sustain and protect the environment.

Agrium Advanced Technologies is partnering with the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) and the City of Loveland to celebrate Earth Day 2011 by improving green spaces and bolstering environmental stewardship and sustainability in Northern Colorado. Agrium Advanced Technologies is also celebrating Earth Day in conjunction with The Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) nationwide Day of Service, which encourages and promotes volunteer projects in the lawn and landscape industry in communities across the country.

“At Agrium Advanced Technologies, it’s important for both our employees and our organization as a whole to engage in initiatives that support, sustain and protect the environment,” said Andrew Mittag, President, Agrium Advanced Technologies. “Participating in activities on Earth Day and PLANET Day of Service is just one way we can show our support while helping improve green spaces in our own backyard.”

Agrium Advanced Technologies will provide employee volunteers to help HPEC plant 225 one-gallon container plants in the Plant Select Demonstration Garden at HPEC, then run drip irrigation and mulch the plants with pea stone.

“Agrium Advanced Technologies’ support of HPEC’s Earth Day and PLANET Day of Service activities will help make our Plant Select Demonstration Garden a success,” said Jim Tolstrup, Executive Director, HPEC. “Like HPEC, Agrium Advanced Technologies is committed to protecting and preserving natural areas and promoting stewardship of our natural environment. We are excited to work with Agrium Advanced Technologies again this year on Earth Day and this PLANET Day of Service project.”

Agrium Advanced Technologies also donated a supply of 750 pounds of Spread it & Forget it™ DRIVEN BY DURATION CR® product to the City of Loveland for its PLANET Day of Service project at Sculpture Park. Spread it & Forget it is a controlled-release fertilizer that feeds lawns and turf for six months or more with just one application, using up to 40 percent less nitrogen than ordinary fertilizers while minimizing potential nutrient losses to the environment, atmosphere and groundwater.

“Agrium Advanced Technologies is committed to manufacturing products that not only promote healthy plant growth but are also environmentally responsible. Donating our staffs’ time and products like Spread it & Forget it to Earth Day and PLANET Day of Service projects is just one way we’re able to give back to our Northern Colorado community and make a difference,” said Mittag. “Agrium Advanced Technologies is committed to supporting organizations like PLANET, HPEC and the City of Loveland that share our passion for restoration.”

For more information on Agrium Advanced Technologies and its enhanced-efficiency, plant growth technologies, please call 888.757.0072 or visit http://www.agriumat.com.

About Agrium Advanced Technologies
Agrium Advanced Technologies is a strategic business unit of Agrium Inc., a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in both North and South America and a leading global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. Agrium Advanced Technologies is the leading manufacturer and marketer of slow- and controlled-release fertilizers and micronutrients in the Agriculture, professional Turf and Ornamental, consumer lawn and garden, and specialty agriculture markets. Agrium Advanced Technologies' brands include: ESN®, POLYON®, XCU®, NITROFORM®, NUTRALENE® and DURATION CR® slow- and controlled-release fertilizers, ULTRAYIELD® Micronutrients, AMP™ and PRECISE® controlled-release plant protection.

About High Plains Environmental Center
High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) is a non-profit (501c3) that engages developers, builders, businesses and residents in making their community a “living laboratory” that provides integrated, leading edge examples of community design, land stewardship, eco-literacy and sustainable living that are grounded in reality and replicable. For more information, visit http://suburbitat.org/.

About PLANET
PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With more than 3,500 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified. For more information, visit LandcareNetwork.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Steve Williams, Manager, Communications
970.292.9017

Contact us at: http://www.agriumat.com

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