Let’s Talk Sustainability.
For over 110 years, our family has been committed to investing in the technologies and solutions that help our customers cultivate prosperity. Along the way, we’ve built relationships and our business in alignment with our core family and corporate values: integrity, family, innovation, growth and quality. These values are at the core of our sustainability initiatives.
We’re in this together. Many of our employees are growers too- and many of us grew up on farms. Our children live and play on the fields where crops are raised, where our products are applied, and farm equipment rolls by. Like our customers, we deeply understand the way agriculture shapes our lives and our land. We don’t just do the work- we live it- and this connection brings an intrinsic sense of responsibility to every decision we make.
We’re in this for the long haul. Our six-generation history is a testament to our long-term thinking and investment in the future. Many of our growers have worked their land for generations- building a legacy of integrity and grit that makes the agricultural industry so special. We are humbled by the role we play in helping our customers build a better future for their families and communities. We are deeply committed to using responsible, sustainable practices and products which honor and preserve that legacy.
We invite you to learn more about the commitments we are making to protect and preserve our resources.
What you put in the ground today, shapes your world tomorrow. Growers are the stewards of tremendous natural resources- rich soil, fresh water and clean air. The responsibility to care for these resources, while feeding the world on increasingly less farmland, is no small undertaking- and practices in place today will affect our communities for generations to come. We take our role in preserving and protecting these resources seriously. We work closely with growers to develop and manage programs that mitigate risk in their operations, and we echo these initiatives in our own operations and strive for continued improvement.
Our Climate Smart Mindset paves the way for the future of agriculture.
Solar power initiatives at The DeLong Co., Inc., developed in collaboration with renewable energy experts, led to the installation of solar panels at 15 of our facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois and another one will be added this fall. The Illinois arrays came online in 2020 and 2021 and the Wisconsin arrays came online in 2022. They’ve already had a significant environmental effect. Our solar arrays decrease the burden on the electrical grid shared with our other utility customers. We achieve an annual CO2 avoidance of 3,523.14 metric tons across our locations- an equivalent of taking 766 cars off the road annually. This is a difference we are proud to put our name behind.
Stewardship of the land is another solar selling point. We have several rooftop arrays, which don’t reduce the amount of available ground. When a ground-mount array reaches the end of its useful life, the land can be returned to its former use. Land is a limited resource that we aim to preserve for generations to come.
Precision Ag and Nutrient Management
Our precision agriculture and nutrient management programs provide growers with a sustainability roadmap- to take advantage of technology that protects the environment and helps your bottom line. Customized programs which offer grid mapping and application, means more efficient use of chemicals and fertilizers- this translates to lower input costs and reduced application of chemicals. Exactly what you need, where you need it- and less of what you don’t.