North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is encouraging farmers and anhydrous ammonia dealers to get their anhydrous nurse tanks ready for planting season.

"As we start spring planting season, it's a good time make sure anhydrous nurse tanks are properly set up and maintained to prevent accidental releases," Goehring said.

Goehring said staff from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) will visit businesses and farms on request to help tank owners get their tanks into compliance.

"North Dakota law prohibits dealers from filling tanks not meeting the requirements," Goehring said. "We are here to help tank owners understand those requirements, not to issue citations."

Dealers and farmers should contact NDDA fertilizer program specialist Eric Delzer at (701) 328-1508 or delzer@nd.gov with questions or to request a compliance assistance visit. NDDA staff are also available for anhydrous safety training upon request.

Goehring said state law and administrative rules require nurse tanks have properly working valves and hoses; have proper decals, and that the tank's trailer chassis and tires are in good condition.

Compliance information and a nurse tank self-inspection checklist are available at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/anhydrous-ammonia-program.