WILLOUGHBY, Ohio -- Twenty top farm supply retail businesses have been selected as Environmental Respect Award state winners in the United States for 2009. Winners were selected May 7 in Willoughby.



The winners are (alphabetized by state):

Western Farm Service....................................... Vernalis, California
Centennial Ag Supply........................................ Greeley, Colorado
Pro Source One................................................ Boynton Beach, Florida
The McGregor Company.................................... Nezperce, Idaho
Wabash Valley Service Co................................. Browns, Illinois
Crop Production Services................................... Rushville, Indiana
Tyree Ag Inc..................................................... Kinsley, Kansas
Crop Production Services................................... Clay, Kentucky
Crop Production Services................................... Ubly, Michigan
Bird Island Soil Service....................................... Bird Island, Minnesota
Central Valley Ag Cooperative............................. Monroe, Nebraska
Crop Production Services.................................... Albertson, North Carolina
Dakota Agronomy Partners................................. Minot, North Dakota
Crop Production Services.................................... Findlay, Ohio
Simplot Grower Solutions.................................... Umatilla, Oregon
Eastern Farmers Coop........................................ Worthing, South Dakota
Crop Production Services..................................... Bells, Tennessee
Premier Ag, LLC................................................. Dalhart, Texas
Crop Production Services..................................... Ivor, Virginia
United Cooperative.............................................. Pickett, Wisconsin

The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont(R) Crop Protection, CropLife(R) magazine and Farm Chemicals International(R) 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 critical to effective crop production.

A panel of industry experts gather each year to recognize achievement in environmental stewardship, professional excellence, and community involvement. The winners above won the award based on evidence of excellence in site design, in-plant storage and handling procedures, emergency preparedness and response, proper application and leadership in safety and stewardship among customers and employees.

Members of the 2009 selection committee were, Jeff Green, DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, Del.; Rex Runyon, CropLife America, Washington, D.C.; Michelle Hummel, Agricultural Retailers Association, Washington, D.C.; Todd Kautzman, 2008 National winner, Mott Grain & Agronomy, Mott, ND; Mike Foley, Superior Forestry Service, Tilly, AR; Paul Schrimpf, CropLife magazine, Willoughby, Ohio; and Eric Sfiligoj, CropLife magazine, Willoughby, Ohio.

Each state winner will receive the distinctive Environmental Respect Award personalized crystal sculpture, a statewide press campaign geared toward select print and broadcast media, and a public relations kit.

The winning agribusinesses also compete for regional Environmental Respect Awards. The regional winners will be announced in mid-May and will receive their trophies in Washington, D.C. during a special ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

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 5,000 businesses in the U.S. have shared their stories of environmental respect, product safety standards, and customer and community outreach, and more than 350 have earned state awards. In the last four years, the international extension of the Environmental Respect Awards has seen involvement from more than 210 businesses in 18 countries. The effort is sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and is managed and conducted by CropLife magazine and Farm Chemicals International magazine.



SOURCE: Environmental Respect Awards.