Agricultural, emergency responder and safety organizations came together with federal agencies Monday to form an alliance to promote fertilizer safety.

The Agricultural Retailers Association, The Fertilizer Institute, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Volunteer Fire Council and Ammonia Safety and Training Institute joined in the Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.

The goal of the alliance is to improve communication between agricultural retailers and first responders regarding workplace hazards and the safe handling of fertilizers. The alliance will leverage trade association networks and the regulatory agencies expertise.