ARA: ResponsibleAg has two-fold mission
The responses from those will not be part of the ResponsibleAg audit score. There will also be some best management practices (BMPs) incorporated into the audit at the discretion of ResponsibleAg. BMPs will not affect the audit score.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
A final budget and business model have not yet been finalized. The plan at the moment is that the registration fees from storage and distribution outlets will be used to cover the cost of providing the triennial audit at that site—in other words, three years of registration fees would match the cost of doing the audit.
Registration fees from suppliers will be used to cover the management of the program. Final decisions on these and other governance points will be made this fall by the governing board of ResponsibleAg.
The Boards of ARA and TFI will consider action to approve a memorandum of understanding outlying core principles for establishing ResponsibleAg at their respective September business meetings. The entire membership of ARA will be provided an update report at the annual conference with a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Information is also available from either of the two associations. A ResponsibleAg website should be available by the end of the year.