Crop Production Services of Harmony has been named the Environmental Respect Award state winner for Minnesota in 2012. Winners were selected March 27 in Willoughby, Ohio.

The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by CropLife® magazine and DuPont Crop Protection, 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.

"We constructed a new liquid fertilizer plant in 2009," explained Keith Haugen, the local branch manager. "When designing and building our new plant, environmental responsibility was a key factor."

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.

Crop Production Services has taken many extra steps to ensure the environmental impact of their business is minimal. Some steps include: 1) valve and pipeline system for the liquid plant facility has the ability to control the flow out of each tank individually to prevent cross contamination of product; 2) blending system is computerized which allows for a more exact blend to be created and prevent human error; 3) started the "Innovative Plot" concept to replicate treatments and evaluate the performance of certain products.

"In our new liquid plant, we made sure to utilize the latest technologies available for both safety and product containment," Haugen said. "We are continually checking to make sure that the facility is safe for our employees, the community, and the environment."

Each state winner received a personalized, distinctive Environmental Respect Award crystal sculpture.

"DuPont is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2012 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 and the safe use of agricultural products, and we hope they will inspire others who share our passion and desire 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."