Denny Belau of United Agri Products and Mary Hartney of the Florida Fertilizer and Agri-Chemical Association have been named winners of the Southern Crop Production Association's awards for outstanding service to the industry.

The awards were presented at the association's annual meeting at New Orleans.

Belau, manager of environmental and regulatory services for United Agri Products, was winner of the William C. LaRue Award, presented annually to the person who has done the most to further the goals of the association and the crop protection industry.

“His knowledge and expertise have been invaluable to our industry,” said SCPA executive director Ed Duskin.

“His job keeps him very busy, but he still has found time to serve on the Interregional Coordination Council's Transportation and Distribution Committee for the past eight years, and served as its chairman for the past two years.

“Under his direction, in addition to annual updates of the Hazardous Material Shipping Guide and Hazardous Materials Shipping Descriptions — which are widely used by everyone in our industry across the United States — he has been instrumental in formulating a General Awareness training video, which has been made available to everyone at minimum cost.”

At United Agri Products, Belau is responsible for developing, implementing, and updating training and testing of the U.S. Department of Transportation program for hazardous materials in the company's chemical, ag chemical, and fertilizer operations. He also manages and provides training tools for the drug and alcohol testing program for 2,200 full-time commercial drivers, develops tools to for training meet OSHA compliance with hazardous communications (HAZCOM) and hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) programs, manages in-house material safety data sheets (MSDS) programs, and updates outside services. These are required programs that anyone dealing with hazardous materials must follow.

The Don W. Beise Award, SCPA's highest award for service to agriculture and the agricultural chemicals industry by a person outside the association, was presented to Mary Hartney, executive director of the Florida Fertilizer and Agri-Chemical Association.

“In the past year, she has spent many hours in Washington, overseeing and coordinating with industry lobbyists the best representation for our industry,” Duskin said. “She has shown great ability in working with the Executive Branch and this summer convinced the Florida governor's staff to support a potentially controversial industry-backed bill.

“We value her leadership not just in working with our member companies, but also for being highly effective in assisting with the Florida congressional delegation.

“She works extremely well with our SCPA state affairs committee and is an active communicator of issues to all parties concerned. Her knowledge and enthusiasm will go a long way toward making sure we maintain a viable industry in the future.”

Hartney also serves on the board of directors of the Florida Agricultural Council, the Agricultural Institute, and the Florida Organic Advisory Board. She is an active member of the Agricultural Water Policy Group and the Florida Agricultural Coalition.


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