Newsletter

Volume 33
 
Feb 10, 2020

What Regulations Apply to Your Facility? ResponsibleAg Has the Answer

Of all the questions ResponsibleAg can answer for ag retailers, the one asked most often is “How do I know what regulations apply to my facility?” Identifying those regulations can be daunting. That’s why ResponsibleAg created the easy-to-use Compliance Assessment Tool. By completing a simple online checklist of questions about the facility and its scope of operation, location managers can have an answer in about 10 minutes. The tool uses the information entered and reverse engineering to produce a credible list of the federal regulatory issues (out of a possible 400) that may affect the facility. The downloadable list is a handy guide to help facilities ensure they’re compliant with applicable regulations. This short video explains just how easy it is to use the tool.

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Improve Safety Practices with Helpful Guides & Tools from ResponsibleAg

The primary goal of ResponsibleAg is helping facilities improve safety and security for employees, customers and communities. 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 to improve their level of compliance with federal regulations. Among the resources, you’ll find:

  • Compliance Assistance Library
  • Mock audit tool
  • Industry-standard resource materials
  • Links to federal agency websites
  • Important interpretations
  • Frequently asked questions
  • EZ Search and much more

Learn more about these handy tools by visiting ResponsibleAg.org for samples and videos explaining these great resources.

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Audit Issue Awareness: #9 Markings, NFPA 704 Markings on Fuel Tanks

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Number 9 on the ResponsibleAg list of Top 25 Audit Issues is Markings on Fuel Tanks. If your facility has an aboveground storage tank with more than 100-gallon capacity permanently installed and used to store flammable liquids, remember: Unified Fire Code (UFC) standard 79-3 requires the tank to bear a NFPA 704 label or placard identifying the material it contains.

For more information about these and other regulations and documentation, join ResponsibleAg. Program participants can quickly access all the details by visiting the online Compliance Assistance Library. Within each compliance assistance document, there is a link to complete information about the regulations in question.

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Industry Partner Committed to Safety, Customers

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CF Industries, the global nitrogen supplier, is among more than 50 leading companies that have supported ResponsibleAg since its launch in 2014. The company believes that everyone in the fertilizer industry has a responsibility to handle products safely. One way CF Industries ensures safety is through use of audits, because the company believes the audit process works. Rosemary O’Brien, Vice President of Public Affairs at CF Industries, adds that ResponsibleAg offers a helping hand to make compliance easier for retailers.

In the February Faces of ResponsibleAg, O’Brien explains why CFI Industries encourages ag retailers to join ResponsibleAg and complete certification. That’s a powerful way to validate a company’s commitment to safety and send a strong message to employees, customers and communities.

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Going…Going…Nearly Gone! Only 2 seats left for June 2020 ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course

Act Fast! Register today the 2020 Auditor Training Course, June 16-19, at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture in Owensboro, KY. These last two seats won’t last long!

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Participate in National Pesticide Safety Education Month

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February 2020 is the third annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month supported by the Center for Integrated Pest Management. The purpose of this effort is to reinforce core principles of safe pesticide use with audiences from homeowners and gardeners to farmers and agricultural retailers. The effort also works to raise awareness of and support for the land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs.

There are many ways to participate and promote safe pesticide use. Visit the National Pesticide Safety Education Month website to find basic principles of safe use, educational links, a toolbox of ideas for participants, a quiz to test your knowledge of safe use, self-assessment questions to see how your own safe use practices stack up at work and at home, plus ideas for activities.

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News from Around the Industry

New Navigable Waters Protection Rule Provides WOTUS Clarity

The EPA and the Department of the Army recently finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States” and establish federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. Congress, in the Clean Water Act, directed the agencies to protect “navigable waters.” The Navigable Waters Protection Rule regulates these waters and the core tributary systems that provide perennial or intermittent flow into them. The two agencies streamlined the definitions to include four clear categories of waters that are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act:

  1. territorial seas and traditional navigable waters
  2. perennial and intermittent tributaries
  3. certain lakes, ponds and impoundments
  4. wetlands that are adjacent to jurisdictional waters

The final rule also details 12 categories of exclusions, features that are not “Waters of the United States,” such as those that contain water only in direct response to rainfall or groundwater; many ditches; prior converted cropland; and waste treatment systems. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule adds much-needed clarity to WOTUS for agricultural retailers and their farmer customers. Get more information.

President Signs the USMCA

In late January, President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With bipartisan support, the agreement was signed and will help the U.S. compete on the global stage by ensuring that markets remain open and fair. Ag retailers and their farmer customers will benefit from the expanded market access and the preserved zero-tariff platforms among ag products.

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OSHA Form 300A Deadlines

It's time to complete your 2019 injury and illness recordkeeping obligations by posting the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A). OSHA requires the notice be displayed from February 1st to April 30th of each year in a visible place where employee notices are usually posted. Businesses with no injuries or illnesses for the year must still post the form. A company official must certify that the information in Form 300A was checked and is believed to be correct and complete. Download the form and instructions here.

All businesses with 250+ employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit this form no later than March 2nd. Companies with between 20-249 employees in certain industries, including "warehousing and storage," also must submit the form by March 2nd. Covered employers must now provide their Employer Identification Number (EIN). OSHA began accepting submissions on January 2nd.

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2020 Outlook for DOT, EPA and OSHA

DOT, EPA and OSHA recently published regulatory agendas with target dates through the end of the fiscal year. Listed below are upcoming regulatory and deregulatory actions that could impact ag retailers and others in the industry.

DOT Agenda

EPA Agenda

OSHA Agenda

Celebrating Facilities Earning ResponsibleAg Certification and Recertification

Welcome to the facilities that have completed their Corrective Action Plans and are now Committed, Compliant, Safe, and Certified.

We'd also like to send a special Shout Out to the 49 locations noted below with an asterisk*. They have completed Recertification. This commitment to safety is a great example for all! Congratulations!

Ag Plus - Fort Wayne, IN
Ag Plus - Woodburn, IN
*American Plant Food Corp. - Fort Worth, TX
Buttonwillow Warehouse Co. - Corcoran, CA
*CHS, Inc. - Badger, MN
*CHS, Inc. - Greenbush, MN
*CHS, Inc. - Roseau, MN
*CHS, Inc. - Warren, MN
*Dickson Farmers Cooperative - Dickson, TN
*Gibson Farmers Coop - Trenton, TN
GROWMARK FS - Myerstown, PA
*GROWMARK, Inc. - Cincinnati, OH
*GROWMARK, Inc. - Seneca, IL
*Mid-South Farmers Coop - Bolivar, TN
*Mid-South Farmers Coop - Brownsville, TN
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Alma, NE
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Amboy, IN
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Atmore, AL
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Belle Glade, FL
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Cavalier, ND
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Colby, KS
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Colerain, NC
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Colonial Heights, VA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Corvallis, OR
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Dixon, IL
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Elk Point, SD
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Fremont, NE
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Garden City, KS
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Glenns Ferry, ID
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Hamilton City, CA
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Henderson, KY
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Hooker, OK
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Hoxie, KS
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Jonesville, LA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - LaCrosse, KS
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Lake Providence, LA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Lake Village, AR
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Lakefield, MN
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Laurinburg, NC
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Marissa, IL
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Marston, MO
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Northville, SD
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Ogden, IA
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Owensboro, KY
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Pasco, WA
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Pioneer, LA
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Republic, KS
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Richmond, IL
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Saginaw, MI
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Sheffield, IL
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Sodus, NY
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - St Johns, MI
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Sterling, IL
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Tribune, KS
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Walsh, IL
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - West Union, IA
*Nutrien Ag Solutions - Winona, KS
Nutrien Ag Solutions - Yazoo City, MS
Pinnacle Ag. Distributors, Inc. - Belle Mina, AL
*Prosolutions, LLC - Springfield, TN
*Simplot Grower Sol. - E. Grand Forks, MN
*Simplot Grower Solutions - Moses Lake, WA
*Simplot Grower Solutions - Quincy, WA
Southern States Cooperative - Mebane, NC
Southern States Cooperative - Reidsville, NC
*The McGregor Company - LaCrosse, WA
*Tri-State Growers, Inc. - Mountain City, TN
*Union Farmers Coop - Maynardville, TN
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OUR MISSION

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.