2018 Europe/Middle East/Africa, Ambassador Winner

Environmental Crop Management - Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Editor’s note: Environmental Crop Management Ltd. was one of three retailers named 2018 Environmental Respect Award winner for the 2018 Europe, Middle East, and Africa Region. The Warrington, UK-based retailer was also one of four companies honored as a 2018 Ambassador of Respect during a ceremony in October 2018 in Washington, DC, by ERA sponsor Corteva AgriScience. Here is an inside look at Environmental Crop Management Ltd.

Respect for sustainable agriculture and dedication to the environment are so integral to the operation, they comprise the company name — Environmental Crop Management (ECM).

“ECM is the UK’s leading practitioner of Integrated Crop Management, a system that helps farmers to produce profitable food that is safe and healthy whilst not damaging the environment,” says Peter Clare, Managing Director. “At ECM our agronomists only sell products to the farmer after a full crop inspection and a decision to spray is made after alternative/cultural control measures are fully explored. As prescriptive crop doctors, we are able to manage the crops with minimal environmental disturbance whilst growing high-yielding profitable crops that provide safe food for the public.”

As part of the company’s conservation efforts, Environmental Crop Management has worked to protect and enhance the natural habitat and raise awareness of the plight of the hedgehog, which has seen a population decline in recent years.

The notion that ECM’s leaders set very high standards for safety and professionalism is reflected in the many awards the company has earned the last 25 years. It’s a reflection of the company’s commitment to sustainability, stewardship, safety, professionalism, and environmental protection, Clare says.

The company was established in 1991 and works with some 1,200 farmers throughout northwest England.

“Providing an expanding population with enough to eat is a huge challenge,” Clare says. “How we meet this challenge while at the same time respecting biodiversity and accounting for climate change are matters of the utmost importance.”

For its work, ECM has won the Green Apple Award every year for 20 years, more than any company in the UK. The company earned Green World Ambassador status every year from 2014 to 2018, promoting projects globally.

“Our next project will be to look at how plants can be helped to become more water efficient as climate change raises many crop- and water-related issues,” Clare says.

The company also looks to the next generation of growers.

“We have taught 450 Manchester Metropolitan University students on farm conservation and environmental protection and 100 Crest National agronomists,” Clare says.

The company teaches more than students, with ECM representatives getting involved in dictating UK government policy after being invited to demonstrate the company’s best practice in a Parliamentary review for Prime Minister Cameron’s government.

“ECM is the most environmentally responsible crop protection company in the world whilst providing our farmers with profitable crops and the British public with safe sustainable food at a fair price,” Clare says.