by Eric Sfiligoj

Following months of planning and scheduling, the 2017 Environmental Respect Awards celebration kicked off in fine fashion as more than 50 attendees from across North America and around the world gathered in Wilmington, DE – home to program sponsor DuPont Crop Protection – to celebrate being named regional winners. During the week-long event, ag retailers from 11 countries will learn more about American agriculture, visit historic cities such as Philadelphia, PA, and ultimately find out which ag retailers have been named Ambassador winners – the highest honor given to Environmental Respect participants each year.

This year’s program started with Environmental Respect Award attendees going to an all-American venue to start celebrating – a baseball game between the Wilmington’s Blue Rocks and the Potomac Nationals. Despite enduring a two-hour rain delay, the game eventually got underway and all the participants seemed to enjoy the night’s activities.

“This was a great way to start out the Environmental Respect week,” said Chris Teeter, Warehouse Manager for Crop Production Services (CPS) in Norwood, NC, which won the North America East Region award. “It was so nice to be able to mix with other winning ag retailers from around the world in such a relaxed and fun environment.”

“I couldn’t agree more,” said Mike Cunnane, the DuPont representative for CPS Norwood (who incidentally made an impressive one-handed catch of a foul ball at the game). “I know everyone here is an Environmental Respect winner, but it was so nice to finally meet many of them in person.”

Over the coming days, Environmental Respect winners will engage in many more activities to learn more about the world’s agricultural community and each other. Stay tuned for more reports from this special week in the days to come . . .