Crop Production Services Honored for Environmental Stewardship

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

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Sustainable agriculture depends on our expertise, which in turn will prove to be a worthwhile investment into the future of CPS

Crop Production Services (CPS) has been selected as one of four North American Region winners of the 2015 Environmental Respect Award. CPS 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.

“Environmental stewardship is a partnership between growers and product suppliers such as us,” says Location Manager Alan Gaja. “In order to be successful and productive, growers must have a clear understanding of what crops work best on their land, and they must have a strategy in place to identify what fertilizer or crop protection products will be most effective. We must be knowledgeable and confident in our products in order to be able to advise the grower of what product to apply, what time to apply it and how much to apply.”

CPS 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) concrete pads at all transfer points for dry fertilizer to aid prevent ground contamination in case of a spill; 2) fencing around the facility with video surveillance; 3) safety training for all employees and proper personal protection equipment for staff handling hazardous materials.

According to Gaja, CPS has worked hard to create and maintain a workplace that is safe for the employees, the community, and the environment. “Sustainable agriculture depends on our expertise, which in turn will prove to be a worthwhile investment into the future of CPS,” Gaja says. “It boils down to relationships, and that is why the CPS motto is ‘Come in and let’s talk farming.

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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