Fertilizer regulations put the onus on farmers

From: Better Farming

With no government analysis of fertilizers, farmers must have a trust level with suppliers or do the analysis themselves

by SUSAN MANN

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is updating its fertilizer regulations and, for farmers, that will mean a move to a more ‘buyer beware’ marketplace, says a spokesman for Grain Farmers of Ontario.

John Cowan, vice-president of strategic development, says the ingredients on fertilizers will still be labelled. But it will come down to “a farmer having a relationship with his supplier and a trust level.”

ARA, TFI Launch Online Fertilizer Regulatory Compliance Platform

From: CropLife

ResponsibleAg is an online platform founded for stewarding regulatory compliance throughout the fertilizer industry.

ResponsibleAg (RA) is a joint venture of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). It is being founded for the purpose of stewarding regulatory compliance throughout the chain of custody for fertilizer products, with the end result of increased safety and security for employees and communities, as well as continued availability of these vital products to American agriculture.

Accelerating Adoption of 4R Nutrient Practices

From: AgProfessional

Douglas Lawrence, President BlackWoods Group, LLC

“All of us in agriculture and crop nutrient [and] environmental management need to work together…for the benefit of our business…and producers.” ~ Agricultural retailer comment in the 4R Survey.

Next Generation Agricultural Conference scheduled for Abilene

From: ReporterNews

By Blair Fannin,Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Who will be feeding the growing population of the U. S. in the next 50 years? As the current generation of farmers and ranchers age the next generation must take over. Capital Farm Credit and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be hosting a conference designed to help the next generation of producers transition into the business or current farmers and ranchers expand their operations.

The 2013 Next Generation Agricultural Conference is scheduled for July 18 in the Big Country Hall located on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene is designed to provide production and financial management tools to farmers and ranchers.

Ammonium nitrate storage in a regulatory black hole

From: FierceHomelandSecurity

By David Perera

Regulations governing the safety of ammonium nitrate fertilizer storage fall  under an inadequate patchwork of regulation, the head of the Chemical Safety  Board told a June 27 Senate panel–whose chair, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.),  demanded immediate action by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Boxer called the hearing the wake of the April 17 explosion at a West, Texas  fertilizer distribution center that killed 15 and flattened most of the  town.