News
March 10, 2016
ResponsibleAg has announced the availability of MyPSM+RMP Compliance Assistance Tool and PSM Training Modules. These online materials will greatly assist agricultural retailers comply with the complex Process Safety Management (PSM) rule and the associated Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program Level 3 obligation.
 
Retailer Participation Exceeds Year-One Goal
December 17, 2015
Kingsport, Tenn. -- ResponsibleAg this month marks its first anniversary, and with that, a number of milestone achievements in support of employee, first responder and community safety. Over the past twelve months ResponsibleAg has enrolled more than 1,800 agricultural retailers.
 
December 14, 2015
PALM DESERT, CALIF. – The Agricultural Retailers Association presented the Distinguished Service Award to an individual instrumental in the success of ResponsibleAg. Billy Pirkle accepted the award Wednesday, December 2, during the ARA Conference & Expo.
 
Brings Deep Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Experience to Role
October 09, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 9, 2015) - The ResponsibleAg Board of Directors today announced the selection of Bill Qualls, CPEA, as the organization’s new Executive Director.
 
CPS Location in Tennessee first to complete assessment, corrective action
April 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015) - Unlike a race where the first finisher takes home a medal or blue ribbon, safety and regulatory compliance doesn't often get rewarded. But becoming the first certified ResponsibleAg retailer deserves recognition.
 
April 09, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2015) - ResponsibleAg, an independent nonprofit stewardship initiative that helps retail agribusinesses comply with federal fertilizer handling and storage rules, is seeking an executive director.
 
March 26, 2015
Washington, D.C. - ResponsibleAg, Inc. announced today the end of their contractual arrangement with Cansler Consulting, LLC for management of the organization effective at the end of the month.
 
Industry Veteran to help Promote Fertilizer Retailer Safety and Stewardship through Participation
March 18, 2015
Washington, D.C. - The ResponsibleAg Board of Directors announced today that Ford West has agreed to join the organization as a spokesperson. West, who retired as the President of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) in 2013, will assist ResponsibleAg Board members by speaking at industry conferences and, when directed by the board, conducting one-on-one outreach to prospective retailer participants and fertilizer industry supporters. West will work in close coordination with ResponsibleAg's Program Director...
 
January 05, 2015
Owensboro, Kentucky -- The Asmark Institute announced today the ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course has received recognition from the Board of Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC). The course is designed specifically for auditors who intend to perform facility assessments under the ResponsibleAg Certification Program.
 
December 11, 2014
On December 11, the U.S. Senate Committees on Environment and Public Works and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing to receive an update on President Obama's Executive Order (EO) 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security to enhance the safety and security of chemical facilities and to reduce the risks associated with hazardous chemicals to workers and communities.
 
July 21, 2014
OWENSBORO, KY. (July 21, 2014) - The ResponsibleAg Board of Directors today announced Tim Cansler will become the organization's first Executive Director.
 
May 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 12, 2014) - ResponsibleAg, a newly formed, independent, nonprofit organization, is seeking a program manager to help the initiative promote accountability and transparency within the fertilizer industry.
 
May 08, 2014
OWENSBORO, Ky. May 8, 2014 - The ResponsibleAg Board of Directors held its first meeting this week at the offices of the Asmark Institute in Owensboro, Ky. During the meeting, directors elected Billy Pirkle, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety, Crop Production Services, as Chairman of the Board. Other officers elected were Pete Mutschler of CHS as Secretary and Scott Rawlins of Wilbur-Ellis as Treasurer.
 
April 22, 2014
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced the selection of individuals to serve on the newly formed ResponsibleAg Board of Directors.
 
April 22, 2014
On March 6, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at a hearing titled, "Preventing Chemical Threats and Improving Safety: Oversight of the President's Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security." During the hearing, Crop Production Services Senior Manager of Environment, Health and Safety Billy Pirkle, who testified on TFI's behalf, announced the launch of ResponsibleAg.
 
April 21, 2014
In order to fill the void in emergency response guidance specific to ammonium nitrate fertilizer at retail fertilizer facilities, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has worked with the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) to develop updated guidelines for use as a resource by the industry, government agencies and emergency responders.
 
April 10, 2014
On March 16, the Waco Tribune published an editorial emphasizing the fertilizer industry's initiative to implement safeguards to prevent another West, Texas tragedy.