Crop Production Services Honored for Environmental Stewardship

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Crop Production Services of Albemarle, NC awarded a Regional Environmental Respect Award.

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DuPont is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2013 Environmental Respect Awards and applauds their accomplishment in environmental stewardship.

Crop Production Services has been selected as one of five Regional Environmental Respect Award winners for the 2013 ERAs. Winners were selected on 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.

Crop Production Services 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.

“I feel strongly that having true respect for the environment must be as important as workplace safety and customer service,” says Billy Lowder, Manager for Crop Production Services. “CPS and I have made a commitment to be the best in all three areas. Part of our company’s mission statement is to ensure future generations have a clean and healthy environment.”

Each regional winner will receive a personalized, distinctive Environmental Respect Award crystal sculpture and a public relations campaign. The U.S. National Winner will also have the opportunity to visit an international winner’s location on an agricultural tour early next year.

“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.

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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.

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