Volume 24
Jan 10, 2019

New Milestone – 2,500+ Locations Complete ResponsibleAg Audit

ResponsibleAg is celebrating a major milestone. More than 2,500-member facilities have now been through the ResponsibleAg audit process.

“We commend the managers and employees at these crop inputs locations for having their facilities audited by ResponsibleAg to ensure they are in compliance with environmental, health, safety and security regulations from OSHA, DOT, EPA and DHS,” says Tim McArdle, Chairman of the board, ResponsibleAg. “This effort shows their commitment to the safety of their employees, customers and local communities.”

Of these facilities, nearly 1,300 have earned their ResponsibleAg certification. Following a facility audit by a ResponsibleAg-credentialed auditor, facility personnel carry out necessary corrective steps to ensure the facility meets compliance with federal regulations. At the end of this process, the facility receives certification through ResponsibleAg which is good for three years. For more details about how your facility can become ResponsibleAg certified, visit or call 270-683-6777.

ResponsibleAg Communications Committee Tours Ford B. West Center

Communications Committee Tours Ford B. West Center

ResponsibleAg hosted members of the organization’s Communications Committee for a mid-December meeting in Owensboro, KY. The group toured the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture to review details of the ResponsibleAg Certification Program. The tour showcased the facility audit process and demonstrated many aspects of the auditor training program.

Communication Committee members include:

  • Paul Poister, Chairman - Nutrien
  • Beverly Long, GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Melisa Augusto, Agricultural Retailers Association
  • Kathy Mathers, The Fertilizer Institute
  • Kathy Carlson, Simplot Agribusiness
  • Jean Payne, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association
  • Amber Duke, Asmark Institute
  • Allison Stahl, Yara North America
  • Dave Ito, Lyman/Tremont Group
  • Krista Wolf, GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Monica Knickerbocker, Wilbur-Ellis Company
  • Kathy Zander, South Dakota Agri-Business Association

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Now Online – 2019 Assessment with Optional Best Management Practices (BMP)

Ag retailers are subject to literally hundreds of regulations from OSHA, DOT, EPA and DHS. These regulations cover everything from storing, transporting and applying fertilizer and crop protection inputs to maintaining the shop, office and grounds.

One tool to help facilities ensure they are compliant is the ResponsibleAg Assessment Checklist. This checklist has more than 400 questions covering the safety, health, security and environmental regulations for 17 common aspects of retail facilities.

The assessment checklist has been updated for 2019 and now includes 26 voluntary Best Management Practice (BMPs) questions. The BMPs are optional methods, activities, prohibitions of practices, maintenance procedures and managerial practices, that when used singly or in combination, may help prevent or reduce potential safety hazards. ResponsibleAg Participants will find the 26 BMPs within the assessment and as a separate link within the Guidance Materials. The BMPs range from annual visual inspections of anhydrous storage and transport tanks to the details of NFPA 704 Marking System for Hazardous Materials.

The BMPs:

  • are strictly optional,
  • are clearly identified as a BMP on the checklist,
  • do not affect scoring or certification and
  • appear on the Corrective Action Plan, if answered.

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What Regulations Apply to Your Facility? ResponsibleAg Resources Offer the Details

The primary goal of ResponsibleAg is helping facilities improve safety and security for employees, customers and communities. Knowledge of regulations and required safety practices is key to reaching that goal. Through membership in ResponsibleAg, managers at registered facilities have access to a robust collection of valuable tools to help location personnel learn what is required and help improve their level of compliance with federal regulations.

Among the resources, you’ll find:

  • Compliance Assistance Library
  • Compliance Assessment Tool
  • Mock Audit Tool
  • Industry-standard resource materials
  • Links to Federal Agency websites
  • Important interpretations
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • EZ Search and much more
See for yourself the powerful resources available from ResponsibleAg by visiting “Experience ResponsibleAg.”

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Register Now for 2019 Auditor Training Course

The 2019 Auditor Training Course will be held June 18–21, 2019, at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture in Owensboro, KY, a former agrichemical facility retrofitted specifically for training purposes. Seats for this comprehensive ‘hands-on’ course are limited to 24 for the four-day training. Sign up today while seats are still available!

To learn more about becoming an auditor, visit the “Become an Auditor” section on the home page of or call 270-683-6777. To register, click here.

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News from Around the Industry

ResponsibleAg Recertification Required Every Three Years

Audit every 3 years

Facilities certified through ResponsibleAg must repeat the audit process every three years to maintain ResponsibleAg certification. ResponsibleAg began conducting audits in the spring of 2015, so facilities certified at that time are due to be audited. To ensure all participants remember to recertify, ResponsibleAg will send notifications to facility managers when they’re due for another audit.

Why recertify? Regulations set by OSHA, DOT, EPA and DHS are ever changing. ResponsibleAg’s Technical Committee continuously monitors regulatory agencies and legislative activity, updating the assessment checklist used during an audit.

The three-year audit cycle is in place to help personnel stay up-to-date on safe practices as well as new or updated rules and regulations. Regularly repeating the audit ensures facilities maintain a high level of emphasis on safety and that they remain compliant.

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News from Around the Industry

Yara North America Headlines December Faces of ResponsibleAg

Each month, a new Faces of ResponsibleAg appears in CropLife magazine, highlighting why companies value being ResponsibleAg members. At Yara, training all personnel is the mission of Safe by Choice, the company’s global safety program. The lean Health, Environmental, Safety team and terminal managers at Yara often turn to the ResponsibleAg Compliance Assistance Library as a valuable source of information used for training. Read more about Yara in Faces of ResponsibleAg..

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News from Around the Industry

Regulations On the Radar – 2019 Outlook for DOT, EPA and OSHA Changes

ResponsibleAg’s Technical Committee is monitoring the activities of regulatory agencies to ensure our members are updated on changes that may occur. DOT, EPA and OSHA have all published regulatory agendas with target dates through the end of the fiscal year.

Below are the lists of topics that could impact the ag retail industry:

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Revised WOTUS Definition Proposed by EPA

EPA announced a new “Waters of the United States” definition under the Clean Water Act to clarify what waters are and are not regulated by the federal government. The new proposed definition separates regulated waters into six categories:

  • Traditional navigable waters,
  • Tributaries to traditional navigable waters,
  • Certain ditches,
  • Certain lakes and ponds,
  • Impoundments and
  • Wetlands adjacent to any of the above.
The proposed definition specifically excludes any waters that are not included in the six regulated categories above. It also explicitly excludes groundwater, prior converted cropland, storm water control features and waste treatment systems. EPA plans to publish the proposed rule immediately for a 60-day public comment period. Get more WOTUS Rule information here..

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OSHA Releases Top 10 Most-cited Violations for 2018

Preliminary data for OSHA’s Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2018 was announced at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Houston, Texas. The list is always a good place to start to identify hazards in the workplace. It was largely unchanged from 2017. The only new item is Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment - Eye and Face Protection coming in at Number 10.

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  6. Ladders (1926.1053)
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
  8. Fall Protection - Training Requirements (1926.503)
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
  10. Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment - Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)

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Welcome to our Latest Credentialed Auditor

Another auditor joins the ranks, becoming credentialed through the ResponsibleAg Auditor Credentialing Program. We welcome Gregory Groves of Pirkle Solutions, Inc., Windsor, CO.

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Congratulations to Our Newest Certified Facilities

Welcome to these facilities that have recently received certification from ResponsibleAg and are now Committed, Compliant, Safe, and Certified. Congratulations to all!

Agri-AFC, LLC - Sylvester, GA
CHS, Inc. - Hamilton, MI
CHS, Inc. - Wayland, MI
Eau Claire Cooperative Oil Co. - Eau Claire, WI
GROWMARK, Inc. - Seneca, IL
Mid Valley Ag. Svcs., Inc. - Livingston, CA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Arapahoe, NE
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Beloit, KS
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Biglerville, PA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Bowling Green, MO
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Boyle, MS
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Brayton, IA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Bunkie, LA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Chatsworth, IL
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Cimarron, KS
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Clarksdale, MS
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Coin, IA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Davenport, WA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Eaton, OH
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Fairmount, IN
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Grand Forks, ND
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Grimesland, NC
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Heth, AR
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Johnson, NE
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Laurel, NE
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Leland, MS
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Mapleton, ME
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Moses Lake, WA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Oakley, KS
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Oxford, NE
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Paris, TX
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Sauk Centre, MN
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Shippensburg, PA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Vanceboro, NC
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Walnut Grove, CA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Waycross, GA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Webbers Falls, OK
Robertson Cheatham Frms. Coop - Adams, TN
Simplot Grower Solutions - Grand View, ID
Simplot Grower Solutions - Scottsbluff, NE
Tennessee Farmers Coop - Bells, TN
The McGregor Company - Connell, WA
The McGregor Company - Pasco, WA
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ResponsibleAg is an industry-led initiative committed to helping agribusinesses properly store and handle farm input supplies. The program helps members ensure they are compliant with environmental, health, safety and security regulations to keep employees, customers and our communities safe.