February 2021

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Spudman • February 2021 23 The newest award to come from the Spudman parent company, Great American Media Services, the Specialty Grower Sustainability Award seeks to recognize a grower or farming operation that has put in major efforts to improve sustainability in their operation. The efforts can be reflected in several categories, including waste water management, soil health, climate control labor, advocacy and more. This award is open for nominations, and any growers or farming operations who have taken significant steps to improve sustainability in their agricultural practices can be nominated. Nominees will be judged based on: Innovative Thinking, Execution, Impact/Results and Leadership in the Industry. The last day for nominations will be April 16, 2021. Sustainability in agriculture is a priority for Valent U.S.A., the sponsor of the inaugural Specialty Grower Sustainability Award. Valent's sustainability commitment lies across the pillars of people, planet and productivity. It delivers on this commitment by researching and developing a wide variety of grower solutions that support the sustainable agricultural practices the world needs to feed, clothe and provide fuel for us all today and for future generations. "Our world relies on agriculture and as a part of the industry it is essential that we take a leadership role in protecting resources to help keep our industry strong for the next generation," said Matt Plitt, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Valent U.S.A. Valent's sponsorship of this award is its way of helping to support growers as they take the next incremental step towards increasing the sustainability and preservation of their operation, whether that's adopting conservation tillage practices, improved utilization of IPM or looking to reduce food waste on the farm. By providing biological and conventional solutions that complement and support sustainable practices, Valent seeks to ensure their own practices and operations prioritize what's best for people, our communities, and the environment. "Our ambition is to power continuous improvement of growers and retailers, and this award will recognize those who embody that goal," Plitt said. ADVERTISEMENT | @ 2021 Valent U.S.A. SUSTAINABILITY AWARD RECOGNIZES IMPROVEMENTS IN AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY To learn more about Valent's sustainability efforts, visit Valent.com/Sustainability. To submit a nomination for the Sustainability award, visit spudman.com/sustainability. MycoApply® EndoMaxx® | DiPel® DF Biological Insecticide | PyGanic® Crop Protection EC 1.4 II /5.0 II Sustainability means a lot of different things to different people. At Valent, we believe agriculture and growers are at the heart of sustainability—doing what's best to pass the land to the next generation better than they found it. We believe sustainability is not about a product, but rather the practice or system in which it is employed. Please take a moment and nominate a grower or growing operation taking significant strides in sustainable agriculture through agronomic practices, protocols and advocacy. To learn more or make a nomination, visit Spudman.com/Sustainability IS PROUD TO SPONSOR THE INAUGURAL VALENT U.S.A.

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