Fertilizer receiving pit

This file photo shows the construction phase of the Valley Agronomics fertilizer center west of the Simplot Don Plant.

For the company’s hard work in the area of environmental stewardship, Valley Agronomics of Pocatello received the Ambassador of Respect award for North America for 2019 from Corteva Agriscience, which sponsors the annual Environmental Respect Awards.

“This is really a great honor,” said Richard Lloyd, Valley Agronomics general manager . “I know our people at Pocatello have worked very hard at stewardship, and it’s nice have them recognized for the effort.”

The location of the Valley Agronomics Pocatello facility also furthers the goal of environmental stewardship.

“When we were looking to build a new facility four or five years ago, Pocatello was a natural fit because all the rail lines in the area went through the town,” Lloyd said. “However, the land where we were looking to build was a former phosphate mine, so the area around that had been declared a Superfund clean-up site.”

Dave Holtom, CEO of Valley Agronomics, explained the company worked in unison with the EPA, FMC and the Power County Development Association to locate on the site a business that contributes to the community and serves our area growers.

Valley Agronomics is a leader in deploying ways to be better stewards of the environment through a more precision approach to pesticide and nutrient management or applications.

Sean McCarthy, location manager of the Pocatello Valley Agronomics outlet said the company has “employed tools such as precision agriculture practices to make certain to address run-off concerns from the community, as well as helping our growers be better stewards of the land around their farms.”