2007 Regional Winner

Simplot Grower Solutions - Alliance, NE

In one sense, Simplot Grower Solutions in Berea, NE, winning an Environmental Respect Award is interesting, especially when you consider the company’s approach to stewardship.

“When it comes to Environmental stewardship, you don’t get second chances,” says Garry Rasmussen, supervisor for the outlet. “Everything you do has got to be done right the first time.”

According to Rasmussen, environmental stewardship has been a big part of Simplot Berea’s way of doing business since the facility first opened back in the early 1990s. Although it is located about 9 miles north of the town of Alliance, NE, the outlet has still taken extraordinary precautions when its comes to handling crop inputs.

For instance, the company’s product tanks are inspected annually for any defects. All containment areas are power washed and resealed every fall. Perhaps most impressively, all liquid product offloading — which takes place at a railroad stop approximately one mile away from the facility — is transported via an underground piping system to the outlet’s holding tanks.

Most recently, Simplot Berea has embarked on a tree planting program, putting in a row of baby pine trees along the western edge of the facility’s grounds. “When these trees get bigger, they will not only provide our outlet with a wind block, but will look green and environmentally friendly for anyone visiting our area,” says Rasmussen.

Overall, he adds, this kind of long range thinking will keep Simplot Berea leading the environmental stewardship charge for years to come. “Here at Berea, we stress our company motto — nothing hits the ground unless it is properly applied," Rasmussen says.

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