CPS Vanceboro Tommy Greene

Tommy Greene (center) of Crop Production Services in Vanceboro, NC, accepts the 2016 DuPont Ambassador of Respect Award for North America.

Some visitors to East North Carolina might be surprised to learn that the popular soft drink brand Pepsi-Cola originated in this part of the country.

ow, besides being the birthplace of one of the world’s most popular products, East North Carolina is also home to the 2016 Ambassador of Respect winner for North America in Crop Production Services (CPS) in Vanceboro, NC. The winner was announced at the annual Environmental Respect Awards event in Wilmington, DE, on July 28, 2016. The program is sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection with support from CropLife magazine.

“This is something we’ve talked about winning at CPS Vanceboro since we first entered the Environmental Respect competition,” said Facility Manager Tommy Greene, accepting the crystal trophy. “I just really want to thank everyone at CPS who made this possible and the good folks at DuPont and CropLife for recognizing our efforts.”

To this end, CPS Vanceboro has invested significantly in improving its ag retail outlet. This includes the use of secondary containment on the facility’s bulk storage, chemical and seed warehouses, and liquid fertilizer tank farms. In addition, the company also has installed a special cement rectangle structure to manage its storm water runoff.

Furthermore, said Greene, CPS Vanceboro will continue to try to improve its stewardship practices going forward as well. “We feel that being a responsible environmental steward is not only required, but is the right thing to do,” he said. “We are committed to advance new technologies, products, and provide information to train our employees and growers as the agricultural world continues to evolve.”

Also: International Ambassadors of Respect for 2016