Vermillion Fertilizer Company receives Water Guardian Award

Vermillion Fertilizer Company receives Water Guardian Award The Mid America Crop Protection Association (MACPA) presented the 1999-2000 Water Guardian Award to Vermillion Fertilizer Company, Vermillion. Craig Myron received the award at the AG EXPO held in Sioux Falls on Jan. 12.

"MACPA is pleased to present this award, as it is designed to recognize a business that projects a positive image by promoting environmental stewardship of our industry, concern for the quality of our water and the protection of the environment," said Bonnie McCarvel, MACPA executive director. MACPA coordinated the selection of the state winner by working with the South Dakota Fertilizer and Ag Chemical Association to identify candidates.

"Vermillion Fertilizer Company has taken a pro-active position to protect the environment and managing their business practices. Craig Myron owns and operates three retail ag chemical and fertilizer dealerships that are sandwiched between the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River in southeast South Dakota," said Kathy Zander, executive director of the South Dakota Fertilizer and Ag Chemical Association.

As a result, Myron recognized the fit that precision agriculture had in his customer area and has been instrumental in promoting site-specific applications for chemical and fertilizer. Currently 20 percent of his customer base is enrolled in a site-specific application program.

"By visiting local high schools to discuss groundwater stewardship, Myron has used the opportunity to discuss precision agriculture and how his dealerships use this technology to protect the groundwater," added Zander. Also, every year in an effort to educate the non-agriculture segment about his facilities, Myron advertises in local newspapers explaining his dealership's environmental responsibilities.

In 1998, Myron and his dealerships sponsored 10 meetings in his retail area to promote site specific technology and a consultant was on hand to address groundwater concerns and the benefits of this technology to protect the environment. Myron was instrumental in getting the Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) program started in South Dakota and served as their president in 1995 and 1996. Currently he is a member of the S.D. Fertilizer and Ag Chemical Association and served as its president in 1996.

"The crop protection industry is working diligently to protect the environment and this award is designed to recognize a business that is responsible and proactive when it comes to protecting our environment," said McCarvel.

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