Universal has a long history of implementing practices aimed at protecting soil, water, air and forestry resources throughout the world. Examples include contour plowing, contour planting, no-till production, crop rotation and active reforestation programs. All are parts of an integrated agronomy philosophy focused on adherence to GAP.
Universal utilizes and supports research focused on conventional seedling production technologies that improve quality, reduce the use of methyl bromide and utilize recyclable, biodegradable trays and materials.
Similarly, Universal works to introduce Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to our farmers around the world, programs that not only improve the quality of our tobacco but also minimize the use of agrochemicals and their resultant impact on the environment. A fully functional IPM program not only aids in production sustainability but also helps minimize grower costs.