Former TFI president recognized for lifetime achievement

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article


The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) recognized Ford B. West, former president of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), with its Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award.

ARA President and Chief Executive Officer Daren Coppock presented the award to Mr. West during the association's Annual Conference on Wednesday, December 4.

The award is ARA's highest individual honor, designed to recognize career-spanning achievements in and contributions to the agricultural retail industry. It was named after Jack Eberspacher, who served as ARA president and chief executive officer from 2001 until his death in 2009. Past recipients include Jim Thrift, former vice president of regulatory affairs and corporate relations for ARA; Bill Griffith, founder of AgriCenter; and Al McQuinn, founder, former chairman and chief executive officer of Ag-Chem Equipment Co.

"Jack was dedicated to ARA and the success of this industry," West said. "I'm proud to be recognized with an award named in his honor."

West, who recently retired from a 30-year career with TFI, was honored for his leadership and support on fertilizer issues and his efforts in building a strong collaborative relationship with ARA.

"I've enjoyed a great career," he said in comments to the general session during the ARA Annual Conference. "The last few years have been challenging, but a great time to be involved in agriculture."

Most recently TFI and ARA have worked collaboratively on a joint proposal to create ResponsibleAg, an industry-led effort to improve safety and regulatory compliance surrounding chemical storage.

"Ford exemplifies the characteristics ARA is seeking to recognize with the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement award," said Coppock. "His steady hand in the industry's response to the tragedy at the West Fertilizer plant in West, Texas, epitomized his leadership and commitment to this industry. His lifetime of contributions to the fertilizer industry and agricultural retail sector make him a deserving recipient of this award."

West directed TFI's response to the West Fertilizer accident, which was both sympathetic to a community devastated by a tragic accident and blunt with industry leaders.

"He sure didn't sugarcoat things in talking to FFAA leaders up in Washington, D.C., for Capitol Hill visits in May," said Mary Hartney, president of the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association (FFAA) upon West's retirement. "He said: 'If you can't afford to be safe and in complete regulatory compliance, you don't need to be in business.'"

"Sometimes we think of ourselves as competitors," West said about the relationship between retailers and the fertilizer suppliers. "But we are all in this together. Our work together means greater efficiencies for you and for our industry."


Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...


Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


AFS software

With the Case IH AFS software, you can view, edit, manage, analyze and utilize your precision farming data. Designed to ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form