1998 Regional Winner

Southern States Cooperative - Hertford, NC

Coastal Zone Management is more than just government jargon to facility manager Rick Streckler and the folks working at Southern States Cooperative outlet just outside of Hertford, NC.

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and by Albemarle Sound on the other, this outlet’s territory is full of recreational waterways and intensely farmed land. “We must consider the impact that our daily lives have on the environment and we must be accountable for those decisions,” says Streckler.

The outlet services 50,000 acres of farmland and just finished a $600,000 upgrade, including a new dry fertilizer storage blending facility, fluid fertilizer storage and a chemical mixing facility. Precision services requested by his clients are on the rise, additionally supported by a cost-share program through the Costal Zone Management Act.