ARA and TFI provide details of ResponsibleAg program
TFI and ARA are each contributing $100,000 in startup capital for the organization, and the Asmark Institute is providing an ongoing contribution that provides for training programs, training facilities and administration of the ResponsibleAg website and database. Once established, ResponsibleAg will be funded by registration fees paid by participating fertilizer storage and handling inventory points and their suppliers. Auditor training costs will be funded by tuition paid by those seeking the ResponsibleAg auditor credential. Membership in TFI, ARA or any other organization is not a requirement for participation.
ARA and TFI will nominate a nine person board of directors which will be filled from a cross section representing the entire fertilizer distribution network. Once the board of directors has been seated, it will adopt ResponsibleAg bylaws, create an annual operating budget and appoint a business manager to oversee day-to-day operations. When the initial board of directors’ term has expired, subsequent directors will be nominated from ResponsibleAg participating organizations.
As earlier noted, TFI and ARA also has developed the publication “Safety and Security Guidelines for the Storage and Transportation of Fertilizer Grade Ammonium Nitrate at Fertilizer Retail Facilities.” The guidance, which was compiled by a panel of technical experts from the associations, fills an existing void in emergency response guidance by providing recommendations that are specific to ammonium nitrate when it is stored and transported by a retail fertilizer facility.
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