Crop Production Services of Clarence, MO, Honored for Environmental Stewardship

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Crop Production Services of Clarence, MO, has been selected as one of four North American Region winners of the 2015 Environmental Respect Award.

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To the staff of CPS Clarence, MO, sustainable agriculture and responsible environmental stewardship are not just buzz words but are part of the DNA of how we strive to conduct ourselves each and every day

Crop Production Services of Clarence, MO, (CPS) has been selected as one of four North American Region winners of the 2015 Environmental Respect Award. CPS of Clarence, MO, is one of 14 agribusiness companies worldwide to receive recognition for their efforts in promoting environmental stewardship. Winners were selected in early April at the headquarters of Meister Media Worldwide in Willoughby, Ohio.

The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and presented by CropLife® magazine, are the agricultural industry’s highest recognition for environmental stewardship. The Awards are given to North American agricultural retailers, those who serve farmers and ranchers with the nutrients, crop protection 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.

2015 marks the program’s 25th year honoring stewardship, safety and community outreach efforts of the world’s leading agricultural retailers and distributors.

“To the staff of CPS Clarence, MO, sustainable agriculture and responsible environmental stewardship are not just buzz words but are part of the DNA of how we strive to conduct ourselves each and every day,” says Donald Simpson, Location Manager.

CPS Clarence, MO, 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) a large dike around the building that can easily hold a leak or spill from the largest tank; 2) custom application by trained personnel of much of the anhydrous ammonia fertilizer the company sells to ensure safe handling and proper application; 3) software on variable-rate fertilizer application rigs can upload maps and orders from the Internet, allowing more precise application.

According to Simpson, CPS Clarence, MO, has worked hard to create and maintain a workplace that is safe for the employees, the community, and the environment. “You have to be a good partner to your customer,” Simpson says. It’s not just what we sell them that builds a relationship. We work hard to add technical advice through our crop consultants’ vast agronomic knowledge in seed, fertilizer and crop protection. CPS Clarence, MO, regularly donates to and participates in local FFA and 4-H groups, and even plants a large sweet corn patch every year with the harvest offered for free to the community.

Each regional winner will receive a personalized, distinctive Environmental Respect Award crystal trophy and a public relations campaign.

“DuPont is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2015 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, executive editor of CropLife® magazine. “We’re delighted to be able to gain them some recognition for their environmentalism.”

Thirteen regional winners will receive their trophies and four of those will be named Ambassador of Respect; one each from North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Europe/Middle East/Africa. A Spirt of Respect Award is also conferred to a past winner who has shown continuous improvement since their last honor.

Find more information on the Environmental Respect Awards at http://www.EnvironmentalRespect.com.

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For 25 years, the Environmental Respect Award has been the premier award in agricultural stewardship among agricultural retailers and distributors around the world. Since its inception in 1990, more than 6,000 businesses in the U.S. and Canada have shared their stories of environmental stewardship, sustainability, product safety standards, and customer and community outreach. More than 600 have earned state/provincial awards. Over the last 10 years, the international extension of the Environmental Respect Awards has seen involvement from more than 550 businesses in 30 countries. ERA 2015 marks the inauguration of a fully integrated and global selection and recognition process. The program is sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and is managed and conducted by CropLife magazine and Farm Chemicals International magazine, Meister Media Worldwide publications.

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