For the company’s hard work in the area of environmental stewardship, Valley Agronomics of Pocatello, ID, was named the Ambassador of Respect award winner for North America for 2019 by Corteva Agriscience, which sponsors the annual Environmental Respect Awards.
“This is really a great honor,” said Richard Lloyd, General Manager, accepting the coveted trophy. “I know our people at Pocatello have worked very hard at stewardship, and it’s nice have them recognized for the effort.”
Of course, as Lloyd pointed out, dealing with environmental stewardship is kind of second nature for the Valley Agronomics Pocatello facility – especially considering the history of its physical location.
“When we were looking to build a new facility four or five years ago, Pocatello was a natural fit because all the rail lines in the area went through the town,” said Lloyd. “However, the land where we were looking to build was a former phosphate mine, so the area around that had been declared a superfund clean-up site.”
According to Sean McCarthy, Location Manager, the Pocatello Valley Agronomics outlet went out of its way to clean up the land around the facility, working with the local Fort Hill Indian Reservation in the process. “One the major concerns was nitrogen leaching into the local watershed, with the American Falls Reservoir and Portneuf River nearby,” said McCarthy. “So, we employed tools such as precision agriculture practices to make certain to address run-off concerns from the community, as well as helping our growers be better stewards of the land around their farms.”