Entrants into the 2017 Environmental Respect Award program eagerly await word on the fate of their applications. Judges meet in mid-April to select the winners.

The entry deadline for the 27th Environmental Respect Awards has passed, but that moment is just the first of several exciting moments to come. In all, more than 200 companies from 24 countries filled out the extensive application in hopes of earning bragging rights as a winner in the prestigious environmental stewardship program presented by CropLife® and AgriBusiness Global® magazines with the support of DuPont Crop Protection.

“I’ve always been impressed with the effort and level of commitment to stewardship, sustainability, and community that our entrants show,” says Ray Forney, Product Stewardship Manager at DuPont Crop Protection. “The 2017 crop of entrants have provided a wide range of strong evidence of their dedication, and the judges will have a difficult time to select winners.”

The global panel of judges will get together April 11-13 to review the applications, select winners, and affirm selection made by panels within the regions. The winners will come from four regions: North America, Latin America, Asia/Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Judges select winners from North America beginning at the state/province level, before recognizing four sub-regional winners. At the international level judges select merit winners,  country champions, and regional winners who will be invited to join our global celebration in Wilmington, DE. All those companies will be notified of their honor in the week following the judging.

The judges make one final selection honoring the best of the best from each of the four regions as Ambassadors of Respect. The Ambassador winners are only revealed at the gala banquet during Celebration Week, which brings all the recipients from around the world to Wilmington, DE, the city that houses DuPont’s headquarters.

This year’s global judges are: Imad Saab, Ph.D., Senior Director, Environmental Policy for CropLife America; Bill Qualls, Executive Director, Responsible Ag; Greg Musson, President & CEO, Gar Tootelian; Don Cameron, GM/CFO/VP, Terranova Ranch; and Brian Reuwee, Director of Communications & Marketing, Ag Retailers Association. Also judging this year’s competition are Eric Sfiligoj, Editor, CropLife® magazine and Dan Jacobs, Managing Editor, AgriBusiness Global® magazine.

Celebration Week (July 17-21) includes visits to Longwood Gardens, Chesapeake Farms (DuPont’s experimental and education farm), the Hagley Museum (showcasing the DuPont company history and the family’s historical home), a tour of Philadelphia, a dinner cruise on the Delaware River, and much more. Look for coverage of each of the winners in the July issues of CropLife® and AgriBusiness Global® magazines.