2002 Regional Winner

Liquid Ag Systems - Ft. Myers, FL

Serving businesses for whom appearance is critical is a key business driver for Liquid Ag Systems of Fort Myers, FL. General Manager Dickie Peacock and his team provide blended liquid fertilizer products and associated services to citrus and vegetable producers, nurseries, and some 25,000 acres of golf courses. Each product Liquid Ag makes has its own dedicated storage and delivery line to prevent cross-contamination, and the containment system can hold about 125 percent of the capacity of the facility's largest tank.

The company's decision not to handle crop protection products or anhydrous ammonia helps facilitate security in a situation in which Liquid Ag shares a rail siding, with rail cars sometimes dropped off at 2 a.m. or later. Liquid Ag Systems also tries to stay ahead of the curve on regulatory compliance. Peacock believes that it's easier and more cost-effective to implement some proposed regulations before they become mandatory, preferring to avoid dpotentially expensive retrofitting.

"If it's a good idea, why wait?" he says.