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Bird Island co-op receives environmental award

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio -- Twenty farm supply retail businesses have been selected as Environmental Respect Award state winners in the United States for 2009. The winners include Bird Island Soil Service of Bird Island.

The awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection, CropLife magazine and Farm Chemicals International magazine, recognize environmental stewardship among U.S. agricultural retailers, those who serve farmers and ranchers with the nutrients, pest control and agronomic information critical to effective crop production.

A panel of industry experts gathers each year to recognize achievement in environmental stewardship, professional excellence and community involvement. The winners won the award based on evidence of excellence in site design, in-plant storage and handling procedures, emergency preparedness and response, proper application and leadership in safety and stewardship among customers and employees.

The winning agribusinesses also compete for regional awards. The regional winners will be announced in mid-May and will receive their trophies in Washington, D.C.