2016 North America Winner

Crowfoot Ag Solutions - Strathmore, Alberta

Located in the town of Strathmore, AB, Canada, Crowfoot Ag Solutions has built its reputation among the community and its grower-customers by “exceeding standards to set higher expectations” in the ag retail industry. “We are bringing new technology and innovation to our clients and challenging the status quo of grain production in our marketplace,” says Christina Stender, Co-owner.

One example of this practice in action is the company’s fertilizer facility structure itself. “Our fertilizer facility was constructed to be a fully self-contained blending plant within a monolithic dome,” says Stender. “This mitigates the potential for environmental contamination.”

According to Stender, Crowfoot Ag’s facility was constructed using the most current technology. The concrete for the warehouse was poured using preformed contraction joints instead of cutting contraction joints into the concrete slab, which could affect the integrity of the concrete. “The preformed contraction joint method minimizes the permeability of the concrete,” she says. “In the event of a spill, this minimizes the potential leaching to groundwater.”

In addition, the spill containment capacity in the company’s warehouse features retention curbing that exceeds industry and legislative standards by 22%. The loading/unloading location is a concrete pad, which assures easy clean-up and reduces the potential for environmental contamination.
Besides protecting the environment with its facility construction, Crowfoot Ag also has large retention ponds on-site to contain stormwater run-off.

“The water from these is then used for our green space and other non-potable needs,” says Stender. The green space surrounding the facility includes a lawn, trees, flowers, shrubs, and a staff garden where staff members grow a variety of vegetables used for snacks and meals at the outlet.

Naturally, Crowfoot Ag takes a lot of what it practices at its facility out into the field and its grower-customers as well, says Stender. “The 4Rs of nutrient use are the basis for all of our fertilizer recommendations,” she says. “When in the field with our producers, we identify opportunities for improvement and make suggestions that will reduce run-off or erosion and protect our waterways.”