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MABA Recognizes Agribusinesses For Leadership in Sustainability

Date Posted: July 16, 2013

Bay City—The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) awarded its 2013 Green Agri-Business Designation to more than 70 businesses today for their outstanding efforts to protect Michigan’s natural resources, conserve energy and help improve water quality.

Zeeland Farm Services received the 2013 “Outstanding Achievement Award” for going above and beyond the expectations and continually striving for green excellence.

The company was recognized for a number of activities including: partnering with SmartWay to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; investing in a landfill gas pipeline and using that gas to produce electricity; designing a new LEED silver certified administration building; distributing pure soy biodiesel; and continuing to grow its use of recycled and reused materials.

“Michigan’s agribusinesses are committed to protecting our air, land and water, and they’re employing all kinds of cutting-edge technology to do so” said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association.

“Going green is a smart decision both from an environmental and economic standpoint and Zeeland Farm Services is an example of a business that has really embraced these principles.

"We’re proud to recognize Zeeland and all of these outstanding businesses for their work combining business excellence with strong stewardship of Michigan’s valuable natural resources.”

A full list of recipients is available by clicking here.

The businesses were recognized for implementing many cutting-edge green programs, including aggressive recycling programs to reduce waste and reuse materials; water conservation efforts; investing in renewable bio-based fuels and energy efficient vehicles and equipment; promoting site-specific agronomy technology and variable rate fertilizer application; improving and upgrading facilities; developing sustainable, non-toxic products; reducing energy consumption; and utilizing renewable energy grant or loan programs.

The MABA Green Agri-Business Designation program is in its third year.

It recognizes Michigan agricultural or bio-based businesses for excellence in agri-business and a commitment to environmental responsibility.

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