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Volume 163
May 1, 2017
School for New Professional Applicators: Registration Opens
Applicator Training Course
The Asmark Institute and AGCO Corporation have collaborated to offer a new training program dedicated to educating and developing professional applicators. The Applicator Training Course will launch on June 12th and provide a comprehensive program of professional training to newly hired applicators and those with up to five years of experience in liquid and dry application.
Ten acres serve as the proving grounds for this state-of-the-art training facility. A mile of all-weather track has been strategically designed to provide the most realistic hands-on driving experience possible. More than a million dollars in equipment is used to facilitate this unique learning process over the four-day course. A variety of exercises reinforce the learning process and help to familiarize the participants with the basic skills required for becoming a professional operator.
The course curriculum is built on extensive feedback AGCO and the Asmark Institute have gathered from ag retailers and industry partners. Each course will consist of 3-1/2 days of training. Greg Yoder, an experienced applicator and retailer with years of experience, will be the lead instructor for the course. Dr. Bob Wolf, who is highly-recognized on the subject of spray drift and application technologies, will share his expertise on day two of the course. Combined, these instructors have more than 80 years experience on the topics they will teach during the course. Register online today! Click here for more information and to register.
Equipment for Training
Ride-N-Drive
Topics Covered
Challenges
AGCO RoGator 1100B
Importance of Professionalism
John Deere 4830
Electric Lines
Ride-N-Drive the Fleet
Case Patriot 4420
Left Turns
Consequences of Poor Decisions
Hagie STS-10
Narrow Gates
Understanding Product Labels
AGCO 1803 TerraGator - Dry
Railroad Crossings
Field Math
One Mile of Ride-N-Drive Track
Overgrown Entrances
Measurements
New Leader Dry Spreader Calibration
Telephone Poles
Sprayer Systems
Dry Bed Chain Calibration
Bridges
Calibration - Liquid & Dry
Liquid Calibration Unit
Square Corners
Field Computers/Controllers
Spray Table
Uneven Fields
Agitation
Field Computer/Controller Operation
Steep Slopes
New Chemistry & Challenges
Agitation Demonstration
How to Start a Field
Difference in Tank Additives
Sprayer Tank Cleanout - Demo
Attention to Booms
Drift Management Options & Strategies
Sprayer Tank Cleanout - Exercise
Waterways/Berms
Tank Cleanout
Sprayer System Exercise
Safety on the Road
DOT Applicator Trailer Exercise
Recordkeeping
Re-Loading/Nurse Exercise
Assessing Each Field
Remote Cameras/Radio Contact
Tabletop Scenarios
Audience Response System
Preparation for State Applicator Test
Asmark Institute WPS Training Program Update
Training requiring the new additional elements and use of EPA-approved training materials is required starting January 2, 2018. In the last edition of our newsletter we reported that we are working with officials to review our scripts in preparation for being approved. Dustin, Brian & Nick, the video team, recently received approval by EPA for our current WPS training program, based on the 1994 rule, to be used until the new program that will be based on the 2015 rule revisions will be ready. The Asmark Institute video team plans on having the new EPA-approved DVD training program this coming December, just in time for the new requirement. Until then, you can feel confident in using our current training program to provide WPS training for new employees and those whose training is expiring.
EPA: Wants to Hear From You on Regulations that could be Repealed, Replaced or Modified
On February 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. The order establishes the policy of the United States to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people. Among other things, it requires each agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and to identify regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome. EPA is soliciting public comments and engaging in additional outreach to identify such regulations. EPA will be accepting comments through May 15, 2017 at docket EPAHQ-OA-2017-0190.
Note: The Asmark Institute has compiled a list of regulations across multiple regulatory agencies that have the potential to be repealed, replaced or modified to be less cumbersome. We have shared this list with The Fertilizer Institute and the Agricultural Retailers Association and offered to support their effort in seeking relief.
OSHA's New Recordkeeping Rule is Invalidated
On April 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the congressional resolution disapproving OSHA's rule, "Clarification of Employers' Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness," generally referred to as the Volks rule. Federal agencies are now prohibited from reissuing similar regulations without congressional approval. The Congressional resolution invalidates the rule, so OSHA may not cite employers for violations outside of the six-month statute of limitations. However, employers must still maintain, and update as needed, their OSHA 300 Logs of workplace injuries and illnesses for five years.
New OSHA Ag-30 Course - 2017 New Fall Courses Posted
Understanding OSHA's requirements will save your company money - but more importantly, it will reduce the number of injuries and it may even save lives. This highly successful training has been developed specifically for agribusiness and is designed for facility managers or assistant managers, safety and health coordinators, EHS staff and personnel with responsibilities for safety and health at the facility. We encourage at least one person per facility receive this training. Sign up today to reserve the class of your choice. Click here for more information or to register.
It's Time to Register With ResponsibleAg
More than 2,300 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program, with 649 facilities already receiving their certification. We encourage you to register your facilities today! For more information and to register, go to: www.responsibleag.org
Become a ResponsibleAg Auditor or Attend to Learn More....
Several organizations are signing up for the training to become contract auditors or to learn firsthand about ResponsibleAg - they want to see how it works - so they will be ready for their audit. More than 160 people have already participated in the training, with more than 100 choosing to become credentialed by ResponsibleAg. To become a ResponsibleAg auditor, the first step is to attend the training. Registration is open and two classes are offered per year. Reserve your seat in the upcoming September class now. Click here to register.
A Note From Iowa - IDALS About Storage of Liquid Fertilizer
Mobile (temporary) storage for liquid fertilizer is limited to a total capacity of 5,000 gallon or less at a location. The State of Iowa Code applies to commercial and private entities, dealers and farmers. A trailer storage system cannot be used for liquid fertilizer storage with a capacity of more than 5,000 gallon unless it is on a DOT-approved trailer that is road worthy and legal to be moved on a highway at full capacity. Partially filling a larger tank capacity to the 5,000 gallon level is not permitted. The supplier and/or owner that fills non-compliant storage is responsible for the product and will be required to remove it immediately. Quantities over 5,000 gallon of liquid fertilizer stored at a location are subject to secondary containment, which includes loadout containment. For more information, contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Entry-level Driver Training Rule Effective Date Pushed Back
Although the compliance date remains February 7, 2020, DOT again delayed the effective date of its final rule requiring specific training of entry-level drivers. The effective date for the final rule, ‘‘Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators,'' is being delayed until May 22, 2017. According to DOT, "The delay in the effective date until May 22, 2017, is necessary to provide the opportunity for further review and consideration of this new regulation, consistent with the January 20, 2017 memorandum."
DOT Withdraws Proposed Safety Rating Rule
DOT is withdrawing its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, "Carrier Safety Fitness Determination," published January 21, 2016. The proposal would have eliminated the compliance review model to determine a motor carrier's safety fitness determination, and replaced it with new methodology that incorporated a combination of investigation results and on-road safety data. The decision to withdraw the proposed rule is based on comments received from stakeholders and February 2017 correspondence to Secretary Elaine Chao, according to DOT. The agency is canceling its plans to develop a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that it announced on January 12, 2017.
DOT Receives Letter Seeking Regulatory Relief from ELDs
Seventeen organizations, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, sent a joint letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao asking for a delay and repeal of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. The group also seeks the withdrawal of a proposed rule requiring speed limiters on commercial motor vehicles. The letter cites President Donald Trump's recent Executive Order, "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs," as a basis for the requests. The stakeholders assert that both rulemakings would be costly and burdensome on transportation segments. The parties believe the elimination of both rules will help drive economic growth, a key initiative of the Executive Order. The organizations acknowledge the ELD mandate is based on a statute and requires Congressional action in order to be repealed. They encourage DOT to work with lawmakers in this endeavor.
PHMSA Issues HM-215N Final Rule
The long-awaited Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) final rule for HM-215N - Harmonization with International Standards was published on March 30, 2017. The amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in this final rule will maintain alignment with international standards and became effective on March 30, 2017. Voluntary compliance is authorized beginning January 1, 2017. Unless otherwise specified in the final rule, mandatory compliance is required beginning January 1, 2018. The changes in this rule affect the HMR in Parts 107, 171, 172, 173, 175, 176, 178, and 180. Some of the major changes include:
  • Updating references to international regulations.
  • Numerous changes to the §172.101 Hazardous Materials Table.
  • Adding 5 new entries to the list of Marine Pollutants.
  • New defining criteria, authorized packagings, and safety requirements for Polymerizing Substances.
  • New requirements for Engine/Machinery Internal Combustion transported by vessel.
  • Revised packaging requirements for Water-Reactive Materials transported by vessel.
  • Recognition of Transport Canada cylinders, equivalency certificates and the inspection and repair of cargo tanks.
CFATS Update
As previously reported, DHS began a process last fall of requiring those facilities currently subject to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program and those that previously submitted a Top Screen (but may not have been regulated) to submit new top screens using a new risk assessment methodology under the 2.0 version of the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT). DHS has now received new top screens from more than 9,000 facilities and will begin sending out the results of the new risk assessment tool and the associated new risk level for affected facilities. The new methodology appears to err on the conservative side, as DHS estimates that there will be a 30% increase in the number of facilities regulated under the CFATS program, going from 2700 to 3900. This is an educated guess based on the top screen submittals received thus far. This information was provided by Andy O'Hare, Vice President of Public Policy for The Fertilizer Institute.
Know Who is Sharing the Road With You
AAA recently called young millennials (19-24) the "worst behaved drivers in the U.S.," releasing a driver survey which found that, within a 30-day timeframe, 88% of young millennials did at least one unsafe activity while driving, with texting, speeding and running a red light the most common. This may not come as a surprise. What should be surprising is that the millennials were only 21 percentage points worse than the "safest" age group, the 60-74-year-olds, who admitted to risky driving behaviors more than 67% of the time. This means that two-thirds of the drivers sharing the road with you today aren't paying attention to their driving.
Quoteworthy
"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently," said Henry Ford, the American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. He is credited as the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Born on July 30, 1863 and died on April 7, 1947.
2017 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.
School for New Professional Applicators: Registration Opens
Applicator Training Course
The Asmark Institute and AGCO Corporation have collaborated to offer a new training program dedicated to educating and developing professional applicators. The Applicator Training Course will launch on June 12th and provide a comprehensive program of professional training to newly hired applicators and those with up to five years of experience in liquid and dry application.
Ten acres serve as the proving grounds for this state-of-the-art training facility. A mile of all-weather track has been strategically designed to provide the most realistic hands-on driving experience possible. More than a million dollars in equipment is used to facilitate this unique learning process over the four-day course. A variety of exercises reinforce the learning process and help to familiarize the participants with the basic skills required for becoming a professional operator.
The course curriculum is built on extensive feedback AGCO and the Asmark Institute have gathered from ag retailers and industry partners. Each course will consist of 3-1/2 days of training. Greg Yoder, an experienced applicator and retailer with years of experience, will be the lead instructor for the course. Dr. Bob Wolf, who is highly-recognized on the subject of spray drift and application technologies, will share his expertise on day two of the course. Combined, these instructors have more than 80 years experience on the topics they will teach during the course. Register online today! Click here for more information and to register.
Equipment for Training
Ride-N-Drive
Topics Covered
Challenges
AGCO RoGator 1100B
Importance of Professionalism
John Deere 4830
Electric Lines
Ride-N-Drive the Fleet
Case Patriot 4420
Left Turns
Consequences of Poor Decisions
Hagie STS-10
Narrow Gates
Understanding Product Labels
AGCO 1803 TerraGator - Dry
Railroad Crossings
Field Math
One Mile of Ride-N-Drive Track
Overgrown Entrances
Measurements
New Leader Dry Spreader Calibration
Telephone Poles
Sprayer Systems
Dry Bed Chain Calibration
Bridges
Calibration - Liquid & Dry
Liquid Calibration Unit
Square Corners
Field Computers/Controllers
Spray Table
Uneven Fields
Agitation
Field Computer/Controller Operation
Steep Slopes
New Chemistry & Challenges
Agitation Demonstration
How to Start a Field
Difference in Tank Additives
Sprayer Tank Cleanout - Demo
Attention to Booms
Drift Management Options & Strategies
Sprayer Tank Cleanout - Exercise
Waterways/Berms
Tank Cleanout
Sprayer System Exercise
Safety on the Road
DOT Applicator Trailer Exercise
Recordkeeping
Re-Loading/Nurse Exercise
Assessing Each Field
Remote Cameras/Radio Contact
Tabletop Scenarios
Audience Response System
Preparation for State Applicator Test
Asmark Institute WPS Training Program Update
Training requiring the new additional elements and use of EPA-approved training materials is required starting January 2, 2018. In the last edition of our newsletter we reported that we are working with officials to review our scripts in preparation for being approved. Dustin, Brian & Nick, the video team, recently received approval by EPA for our current WPS training program, based on the 1994 rule, to be used until the new program that will be based on the 2015 rule revisions will be ready. The Asmark Institute video team plans on having the new EPA-approved DVD training program this coming December, just in time for the new requirement. Until then, you can feel confident in using our current training program to provide WPS training for new employees and those whose training is expiring.
EPA: Wants to Hear From You on Regulations that could be Repealed, Replaced or Modified
On February 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. The order establishes the policy of the United States to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people. Among other things, it requires each agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and to identify regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome. EPA is soliciting public comments and engaging in additional outreach to identify such regulations. EPA will be accepting comments through May 15, 2017 at docket EPAHQ-OA-2017-0190.
Note: The Asmark Institute has compiled a list of regulations across multiple regulatory agencies that have the potential to be repealed, replaced or modified to be less cumbersome. We have shared this list with The Fertilizer Institute and the Agricultural Retailers Association and offered to support their effort in seeking relief.
OSHA's New Recordkeeping Rule is Invalidated
On April 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the congressional resolution disapproving OSHA's rule, "Clarification of Employers' Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness," generally referred to as the Volks rule. Federal agencies are now prohibited from reissuing similar regulations without congressional approval. The Congressional resolution invalidates the rule, so OSHA may not cite employers for violations outside of the six-month statute of limitations. However, employers must still maintain, and update as needed, their OSHA 300 Logs of workplace injuries and illnesses for five years.
New OSHA Ag-30 Course - 2017 New Fall Courses Posted
Understanding OSHA's requirements will save your company money - but more importantly, it will reduce the number of injuries and it may even save lives. This highly successful training has been developed specifically for agribusiness and is designed for facility managers or assistant managers, safety and health coordinators, EHS staff and personnel with responsibilities for safety and health at the facility. We encourage at least one person per facility receive this training. Sign up today to reserve the class of your choice. Click here for more information or to register.
It's Time to Register With ResponsibleAg
More than 2,300 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program, with 649 facilities already receiving their certification. We encourage you to register your facilities today! For more information and to register, go to: www.responsibleag.org
Become a ResponsibleAg Auditor or Attend to Learn More....
Several organizations are signing up for the training to become contract auditors or to learn firsthand about ResponsibleAg - they want to see how it works - so they will be ready for their audit. More than 160 people have already participated in the training, with more than 100 choosing to become credentialed by ResponsibleAg. To become a ResponsibleAg auditor, the first step is to attend the training. Registration is open and two classes are offered per year. Reserve your seat in the upcoming September class now. Click here to register.
A Note From Iowa - IDALS About Storage of Liquid Fertilizer
Mobile (temporary) storage for liquid fertilizer is limited to a total capacity of 5,000 gallon or less at a location. The State of Iowa Code applies to commercial and private entities, dealers and farmers. A trailer storage system cannot be used for liquid fertilizer storage with a capacity of more than 5,000 gallon unless it is on a DOT-approved trailer that is road worthy and legal to be moved on a highway at full capacity. Partially filling a larger tank capacity to the 5,000 gallon level is not permitted. The supplier and/or owner that fills non-compliant storage is responsible for the product and will be required to remove it immediately. Quantities over 5,000 gallon of liquid fertilizer stored at a location are subject to secondary containment, which includes loadout containment. For more information, contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Entry-level Driver Training Rule Effective Date Pushed Back
Although the compliance date remains February 7, 2020, DOT again delayed the effective date of its final rule requiring specific training of entry-level drivers. The effective date for the final rule, ‘‘Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators,'' is being delayed until May 22, 2017. According to DOT, "The delay in the effective date until May 22, 2017, is necessary to provide the opportunity for further review and consideration of this new regulation, consistent with the January 20, 2017 memorandum."
DOT Withdraws Proposed Safety Rating Rule
DOT is withdrawing its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, "Carrier Safety Fitness Determination," published January 21, 2016. The proposal would have eliminated the compliance review model to determine a motor carrier's safety fitness determination, and replaced it with new methodology that incorporated a combination of investigation results and on-road safety data. The decision to withdraw the proposed rule is based on comments received from stakeholders and February 2017 correspondence to Secretary Elaine Chao, according to DOT. The agency is canceling its plans to develop a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that it announced on January 12, 2017.
DOT Receives Letter Seeking Regulatory Relief from ELDs
Seventeen organizations, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, sent a joint letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao asking for a delay and repeal of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. The group also seeks the withdrawal of a proposed rule requiring speed limiters on commercial motor vehicles. The letter cites President Donald Trump's recent Executive Order, "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs," as a basis for the requests. The stakeholders assert that both rulemakings would be costly and burdensome on transportation segments. The parties believe the elimination of both rules will help drive economic growth, a key initiative of the Executive Order. The organizations acknowledge the ELD mandate is based on a statute and requires Congressional action in order to be repealed. They encourage DOT to work with lawmakers in this endeavor.
PHMSA Issues HM-215N Final Rule
The long-awaited Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) final rule for HM-215N - Harmonization with International Standards was published on March 30, 2017. The amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in this final rule will maintain alignment with international standards and became effective on March 30, 2017. Voluntary compliance is authorized beginning January 1, 2017. Unless otherwise specified in the final rule, mandatory compliance is required beginning January 1, 2018. The changes in this rule affect the HMR in Parts 107, 171, 172, 173, 175, 176, 178, and 180. Some of the major changes include:
  • Updating references to international regulations.
  • Numerous changes to the §172.101 Hazardous Materials Table.
  • Adding 5 new entries to the list of Marine Pollutants.
  • New defining criteria, authorized packagings, and safety requirements for Polymerizing Substances.
  • New requirements for Engine/Machinery Internal Combustion transported by vessel.
  • Revised packaging requirements for Water-Reactive Materials transported by vessel.
  • Recognition of Transport Canada cylinders, equivalency certificates and the inspection and repair of cargo tanks.
CFATS Update
As previously reported, DHS began a process last fall of requiring those facilities currently subject to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program and those that previously submitted a Top Screen (but may not have been regulated) to submit new top screens using a new risk assessment methodology under the 2.0 version of the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT). DHS has now received new top screens from more than 9,000 facilities and will begin sending out the results of the new risk assessment tool and the associated new risk level for affected facilities. The new methodology appears to err on the conservative side, as DHS estimates that there will be a 30% increase in the number of facilities regulated under the CFATS program, going from 2700 to 3900. This is an educated guess based on the top screen submittals received thus far. This information was provided by Andy O'Hare, Vice President of Public Policy for The Fertilizer Institute.
Know Who is Sharing the Road With You
AAA recently called young millennials (19-24) the "worst behaved drivers in the U.S.," releasing a driver survey which found that, within a 30-day timeframe, 88% of young millennials did at least one unsafe activity while driving, with texting, speeding and running a red light the most common. This may not come as a surprise. What should be surprising is that the millennials were only 21 percentage points worse than the "safest" age group, the 60-74-year-olds, who admitted to risky driving behaviors more than 67% of the time. This means that two-thirds of the drivers sharing the road with you today aren't paying attention to their driving.
Quoteworthy
"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently," said Henry Ford, the American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. He is credited as the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Born on July 30, 1863 and died on April 7, 1947.
2017 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.