Ralston, IA (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
West Central Cooperative of Ralston has been named the Environmental Respect Award state winner for Iowa in 2013. Winners were selected April 16 in Willoughby, Ohio.
The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and CropLife® magazine, 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.
West Central Cooperative 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 company has taken many extra steps to ensure the environmental impact of their business is minimal including: 1) utilizing a safety checklist from the point of receiving products to inventory storage and transfer; 2) loading and unloading lines are labeled with the product they are used for; 3) concrete pad between and outside the rails at the unloading point to facilitate cleanup after rail deliveries.
"The health of our environment is important to not only the life quality of the farmer but also to the end consumer," says Sarah Dorman, Communication Specialist. "It is our goal to work with all so that the limited resources we have today are productive and healthy for future farmers and consumers."
Each state winner will receive a personalized, distinctive Environmental Respect Award crystal sculpture and a statewide press campaign geared toward select print and broadcast media, as well as a public relations kit.
"DuPont is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2013 Environmental Respect Awards and applauds their accomplishment in environmental stewardship," said Rik Miller, president, DuPont Crop Protection. "These leaders are helping to advance environmental safety as well as the safe use of agricultural products, and we hope they will inspire others who share our passion and commitment to elevate environmental stewardship around the world."
"It’s through the conscientious efforts of these ag business and the crop producers they serve that this nation is assured of a safe and bountiful food supply," said Paul Schrimpf, group editor of CropLife magazine. "We’re delighted to be able to gain them some recognition for their environmentalism."
This winning agribusiness is also competing for the national Environmental Respect Award. The regional winners will receive their trophies and the national winner will be announced in Washington, D.C. during a special ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in July to honor the regional, national, and international winners.
Find more information on the Environmental Respect Awards at http://www.environmentalrespect.com.
The Environmental Respect Award is the premier award in agricultural stewardship among agricultural retailers and distributors around the world. Since its inception in 1990, more than 5,500 businesses in the U.S. have shared their stories of environmental respect, product safety standards, and customer and community outreach, and more than 300 have earned state awards. In the last seven years, the international extension of the Environmental Respect Awards has seen involvement from more than 250 businesses in 25 countries. The effort is sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and is managed and conducted by CropLife magazine and Farm Chemicals International magazine.