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Volume 138
May 1, 2015
Congratulations Abound!
We are blessed at the Asmark Institute in having clients that lead the industry and serve as great examples. Everyone in our industry benefits from these relationships as it raises the bar and provides for safer workplaces, better communities and a more sound environment. Our congratulations this month go to Ryan Walker, Manager of Crop Production Services at Hillsboro, TN for being the first facility in the U.S. to be certified under the new ResponsibleAg Certification program and Will Hudson, Manager at the Crop Production Services branch in Ethridge, TN for being the second facility certified. Bill Speir, CPS Division Manager for the two branches has set his sights on being the first division in the company to have all his locations certified. Click here to read the official press release.
Laurel Deringer and Jim Fargo with Centennial Ag Supply recently accepted the prestigious Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics on behalf of their company. Centennial Ag Supply serves customers in three states in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. Click here to read the official press release.
The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and CropLife magazine, are the agricultural industry's highest recognition for environmental stewardship. DuPont is pleased to congratulate the 2015 winners and applauds their accomplishment in environmental stewardship, said Rik Miller, President, DuPont Crop Protection. These leaders are helping to advance environmental safety as well as the safe use of agricultural products, and we hope they will inspire others who share our passion and commitment to elevate environmental stewardship around the world. We congratulate the following State/Provincial winners for stepping up and showing their environmental respect. Members of the Asmark Institute are denoted in red.
Home Oil Company - Manila, Arkansas
The Andersons, Inc. - Immokalee, Florida
Ag Partners, L.L.C. - Albert City, Iowa
Simplot Grower Solutions - Moreland, Idaho
United Prairie, LLC - Tolono, Illinois
Crop Production Services - Rochester, Indiana
Mid Kansas Coop - Inman, Kansas
Speed Ag Service, LLC - Hickman, Kentucky
Crop Production Services - Winnsboro, Louisiana
Crop Production Services - Tunica, Mississippi
Crop Production Services - Vanceboro, North Carolina
Crop Production Services - Beatrice, Nebraska
Crop Production Services - Artesia, New Mexico
Crop Production Services - Fancher, New York
Helena Chemical Company - Blackwell, Oklahoma
Crop Production Services, Timberland Division - Salem, Oregon
Crop Production Services - Kingstree, South Carolina
Crop Production Services - Ethelton, Saskatchewan
Crop Production Services - Lemberg, Saskatchewan
Crop Production Services - Hillsboro, Tennessee
Helena Chemical Company - Wharton, Texas
Special Delivery!
Megan and her husband Jonathan recently received a special visit from the stork. They announced the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Olivia Grace, born on April 22, 2015 weighing in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20-1/2 inches long. Congratulations on the new arrival!
Proof Roots & Relationships Grow Strong in Ag
The Elwer FamilyThe Elwer family recently gathered to review soil samples with Gary Mack, Crop Consultant with Crop Production Services in Delphos, Ohio. The Elwers include clockwise from back left; Bob Elwer, Scott Elwer, Troy Elwer and Millie Elwer. Gary is shown sitting next to Millie. They represent four generations that Gary Mack has worked with on their farm over his forty years at the Delphos facility. We first met Gary in the 90's when working with his local emergency responders. But that's another story.
Master Applicator Manual - Available for the first time!
Master Applicator Manual Now AvailableThe very best of more than 30 years of information relevant to making professional applications has been compiled and published within this 488 page handy manual. Designed as a reference for each applicator to carry with them, the 2015 manuals are current as of February 1st and includes information on topics from planning the application to cleaning up before returning home. Click here to see the Table of Contents. Supplies are very limited for 2015 so order yours today! Click here to order.
ResponsibleAg Registration is Open
Almost 1,500 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program. We encourage you to register your facilities today and support the program. To become a ResponsibleAg credentialed auditor, the first step is to attend the training. Registration for training is open and the next class will be offered on June 9-12th. Click here to register.
DHS Issues Top-Screen Notification
DHS recently issued a notice to industry that "it will be sending out emails to a number of companies that have initiated a Top Screen, but NOT completed/submitted it for over 60 days." According to DHS, "any facility that manufactures, uses, stores or distributes certain chemicals above a specified quantity...has 60 days to complete and submit a CSAT Top-Screen." Apparently there are more than 900 open Top-Screens that have been inactive for more than 60 days. DHS will start sending emails in three waves over a period of approximately three weeks starting around May 1st.
OSHA's New Hazard Communication Pictograms
As of June 1, 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard will require pictograms on labels to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s). The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification. Be sure your employees are trained on these new pictograms and other GHS label elements. To help, click here to check out OSHA's Quick Card.
Annual "Roadcheck" Inspection Blitz Announced for June 2-4th
Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America will conduct their annual truck and bus inspection blitz known as International Roadcheck from June 2nd through the 4th. Inspectors will be paying particularly close attention to cargo securement this year. Approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal commercial vehicle inspectors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will combine to inspect approximately 17 trucks or buses every minute during the 72-hour event. Most inspections will be North American Standard Level I, the most thorough of roadside inspections, examining both vehicle and driver. Drivers will be asked for licenses, endorsements, medical cards and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for alcohol and/or drugs and seat belt usage. Vehicles will undergo checks for braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, drive line, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers and emergency exits on buses.
FMCSA Increases Fine Amounts
Every few years, DOT adjusts the civil penalty amounts assessed to those that violate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). The Agency recently amended the fine amounts in 49 CFR Parts 383, 385, 386 and 387 to account for inflation. Most of the civil penalties were last adjusted for inflation in 2007 and some have not been changed since 2003.
This final rule ensures that FMCSA's civil penalties are consistent with the applicable statutes.
The revisions will be effective June 2, 2015. Click here to view the new amounts.
North Dakota: Anhydrous Ammonia Transfers Need Documentation
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding retailers and farmers about anhydrous ammonia rules as spring planting nears. People who use the fertilizer must file proper documentation before transferring anhydrous from a tanker to a nurse tank in the field. Goehring says written notification needs to go the state Agriculture Department, the county commission and the county emergency manager. The notification needs to include a legal description of where the planned transfer will take place and personal contact information. It should be done 30 days before a transfer. There's no fee involved and the form can be found on the Agriculture Department's website. Goehring says the rule is in place to ensure that people handling anhydrous have proper training and to make information readily available to emergency responders in case of an accident.
Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 was signed into law by the President on June 10, 2014. Section 1049 of the Act changes certain applicability provisions of the SPCC Rule for farms and modifies the criteria under which a farmer may self-certify an SPCC Plan. EPA has developed a fact sheet that provides details of the changes to applicability and self-certification for farms.
Additionally, WRRDA requires EPA to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct a study to determine the appropriate applicability threshold for farms, based on a significant risk of discharge to waters of the U.S. EPA is currently working on the study and continues to coordinate with USDA during its development. The study is scheduled to be completed by June 2015. EPA then expects to promulgate a rule amending the SPCC requirements associated with the applicability thresholds and other WRRDA amendments.
EPA Considering Glyphosate Residue Testing
EPA recently told the press that U.S. regulators may start testing food products for traces of glyphosate due to a rise in public interest. The herbicide only continues to generate public interest following its recent listing as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), despite its approval by many foreign regulatory agencies, including the European Union.
Regulators have deemed glyphosate safe, but a number of third parties continue to test thousands of foods, as well as urine and breast milk to determine the levels of residue. U.S. regulators tested for glyphosate most recently in 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tested 300 soybean samples and found residue on 271 of the samples. All of them fell below the EPA-set tolerance level of 20 parts per million.
Reminder: Illinois Annual Air Emission Reports Due
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois reminded its members this week to submit their Annual Air Emissions Report due on May 1st. Director of Safety, Health & Environmental Services, John Lee, added the failure to submit the annual report on time will result in a violation notice.
DOT Prompts HazMat Shippers...
DOT issued a formal notice in the Federal Register reminding hazardous materials shippers and carriers of their responsibility to ensure that current, accurate and timely emergency response information is immediately available to emergency response officials for shipments of hazardous materials. Click here to read the official notice.
Chemical Safety Board Chairman Steps Down
Chemical Safety Board Chairman Steps DownChairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso, has stepped down at the administration's request. Moure-Eraso was accused of multiple counts of mismanagement by other board members. President Obama has nominated Vanessa Sutherland, currently serving as chief counsel for the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to be the next chairman.
Sutherland graduated from Drew University in New Jersey in 1992 with a B.A. in political science and art history. She then went to American University, where she earned a law degree in 1996 and an MBA in 1997. While in law school, Sutherland served as a summer associate at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and as a clerk at the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski.
Most Quoteworthy:
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
2015 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.
Congratulations Abound!
We are blessed at the Asmark Institute in having clients that lead the industry and serve as great examples. Everyone in our industry benefits from these relationships as it raises the bar and provides for safer workplaces, better communities and a more sound environment. Our congratulations this month go to Ryan Walker, Manager of Crop Production Services at Hillsboro, TN for being the first facility in the U.S. to be certified under the new ResponsibleAg Certification program and Will Hudson, Manager at the Crop Production Services branch in Ethridge, TN for being the second facility certified. Bill Speir, CPS Division Manager for the two branches has set his sights on being the first division in the company to have all his locations certified. Click here to read the official press release.
Laurel Deringer and Jim Fargo with Centennial Ag Supply recently accepted the prestigious Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics on behalf of their company. Centennial Ag Supply serves customers in three states in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. Click here to read the official press release.
The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and CropLife magazine, are the agricultural industry's highest recognition for environmental stewardship. DuPont is pleased to congratulate the 2015 winners and applauds their accomplishment in environmental stewardship, said Rik Miller, President, DuPont Crop Protection. These leaders are helping to advance environmental safety as well as the safe use of agricultural products, and we hope they will inspire others who share our passion and commitment to elevate environmental stewardship around the world. We congratulate the following State/Provincial winners for stepping up and showing their environmental respect. Members of the Asmark Institute are denoted in red.
Home Oil Company - Manila, Arkansas
The Andersons, Inc. - Immokalee, Florida
Ag Partners, L.L.C. - Albert City, Iowa
Simplot Grower Solutions - Moreland, Idaho
United Prairie, LLC - Tolono, Illinois
Crop Production Services - Rochester, Indiana
Mid Kansas Coop - Inman, Kansas
Speed Ag Service, LLC - Hickman, Kentucky
Crop Production Services - Winnsboro, Louisiana
Crop Production Services - Tunica, Mississippi
Crop Production Services - Vanceboro, North Carolina
Crop Production Services - Beatrice, Nebraska
Crop Production Services - Artesia, New Mexico
Crop Production Services - Fancher, New York
Helena Chemical Company - Blackwell, Oklahoma
Crop Production Services, Timberland Division - Salem, Oregon
Crop Production Services - Kingstree, South Carolina
Crop Production Services - Ethelton, Saskatchewan
Crop Production Services - Lemberg, Saskatchewan
Crop Production Services - Hillsboro, Tennessee
Helena Chemical Company - Wharton, Texas
Special Delivery!
Megan and her husband Jonathan recently received a special visit from the stork. They announced the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Olivia Grace, born on April 22, 2015 weighing in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20-1/2 inches long. Congratulations on the new arrival!
Proof Roots & Relationships Grow Strong in Ag
The Elwer FamilyThe Elwer family recently gathered to review soil samples with Gary Mack, Crop Consultant with Crop Production Services in Delphos, Ohio. The Elwers include clockwise from back left; Bob Elwer, Scott Elwer, Troy Elwer and Millie Elwer. Gary is shown sitting next to Millie. They represent four generations that Gary Mack has worked with on their farm over his forty years at the Delphos facility. We first met Gary in the 90's when working with his local emergency responders. But that's another story.
Master Applicator Manual - Available for the first time!
Master Applicator Manual Now AvailableThe very best of more than 30 years of information relevant to making professional applications has been compiled and published within this 488 page handy manual. Designed as a reference for each applicator to carry with them, the 2015 manuals are current as of February 1st and includes information on topics from planning the application to cleaning up before returning home. Click here to see the Table of Contents. Supplies are very limited for 2015 so order yours today! Click here to order.
ResponsibleAg Registration is Open
Almost 1,500 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program. We encourage you to register your facilities today and support the program. To become a ResponsibleAg credentialed auditor, the first step is to attend the training. Registration for training is open and the next class will be offered on June 9-12th. Click here to register.
DHS Issues Top-Screen Notification
DHS recently issued a notice to industry that "it will be sending out emails to a number of companies that have initiated a Top Screen, but NOT completed/submitted it for over 60 days." According to DHS, "any facility that manufactures, uses, stores or distributes certain chemicals above a specified quantity...has 60 days to complete and submit a CSAT Top-Screen." Apparently there are more than 900 open Top-Screens that have been inactive for more than 60 days. DHS will start sending emails in three waves over a period of approximately three weeks starting around May 1st.
OSHA's New Hazard Communication Pictograms
As of June 1, 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard will require pictograms on labels to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s). The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification. Be sure your employees are trained on these new pictograms and other GHS label elements. To help, click here to check out OSHA's Quick Card.
Annual "Roadcheck" Inspection Blitz Announced for June 2-4th
Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America will conduct their annual truck and bus inspection blitz known as International Roadcheck from June 2nd through the 4th. Inspectors will be paying particularly close attention to cargo securement this year. Approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal commercial vehicle inspectors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will combine to inspect approximately 17 trucks or buses every minute during the 72-hour event. Most inspections will be North American Standard Level I, the most thorough of roadside inspections, examining both vehicle and driver. Drivers will be asked for licenses, endorsements, medical cards and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for alcohol and/or drugs and seat belt usage. Vehicles will undergo checks for braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, drive line, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers and emergency exits on buses.
FMCSA Increases Fine Amounts
Every few years, DOT adjusts the civil penalty amounts assessed to those that violate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). The Agency recently amended the fine amounts in 49 CFR Parts 383, 385, 386 and 387 to account for inflation. Most of the civil penalties were last adjusted for inflation in 2007 and some have not been changed since 2003.
This final rule ensures that FMCSA's civil penalties are consistent with the applicable statutes.
The revisions will be effective June 2, 2015. Click here to view the new amounts.
North Dakota: Anhydrous Ammonia Transfers Need Documentation
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding retailers and farmers about anhydrous ammonia rules as spring planting nears. People who use the fertilizer must file proper documentation before transferring anhydrous from a tanker to a nurse tank in the field. Goehring says written notification needs to go the state Agriculture Department, the county commission and the county emergency manager. The notification needs to include a legal description of where the planned transfer will take place and personal contact information. It should be done 30 days before a transfer. There's no fee involved and the form can be found on the Agriculture Department's website. Goehring says the rule is in place to ensure that people handling anhydrous have proper training and to make information readily available to emergency responders in case of an accident.
Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 was signed into law by the President on June 10, 2014. Section 1049 of the Act changes certain applicability provisions of the SPCC Rule for farms and modifies the criteria under which a farmer may self-certify an SPCC Plan. EPA has developed a fact sheet that provides details of the changes to applicability and self-certification for farms.
Additionally, WRRDA requires EPA to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct a study to determine the appropriate applicability threshold for farms, based on a significant risk of discharge to waters of the U.S. EPA is currently working on the study and continues to coordinate with USDA during its development. The study is scheduled to be completed by June 2015. EPA then expects to promulgate a rule amending the SPCC requirements associated with the applicability thresholds and other WRRDA amendments.
EPA Considering Glyphosate Residue Testing
EPA recently told the press that U.S. regulators may start testing food products for traces of glyphosate due to a rise in public interest. The herbicide only continues to generate public interest following its recent listing as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), despite its approval by many foreign regulatory agencies, including the European Union.
Regulators have deemed glyphosate safe, but a number of third parties continue to test thousands of foods, as well as urine and breast milk to determine the levels of residue. U.S. regulators tested for glyphosate most recently in 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tested 300 soybean samples and found residue on 271 of the samples. All of them fell below the EPA-set tolerance level of 20 parts per million.
Reminder: Illinois Annual Air Emission Reports Due
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois reminded its members this week to submit their Annual Air Emissions Report due on May 1st. Director of Safety, Health & Environmental Services, John Lee, added the failure to submit the annual report on time will result in a violation notice.
DOT Prompts HazMat Shippers...
DOT issued a formal notice in the Federal Register reminding hazardous materials shippers and carriers of their responsibility to ensure that current, accurate and timely emergency response information is immediately available to emergency response officials for shipments of hazardous materials. Click here to read the official notice.
Chemical Safety Board Chairman Steps Down
Chemical Safety Board Chairman Steps DownChairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso, has stepped down at the administration's request. Moure-Eraso was accused of multiple counts of mismanagement by other board members. President Obama has nominated Vanessa Sutherland, currently serving as chief counsel for the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to be the next chairman.
Sutherland graduated from Drew University in New Jersey in 1992 with a B.A. in political science and art history. She then went to American University, where she earned a law degree in 1996 and an MBA in 1997. While in law school, Sutherland served as a summer associate at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and as a clerk at the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski.
Most Quoteworthy:
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
2015 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.