The first "1005 Testing Clinic" was held July 21-22 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Agricultural Retailers Association partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Indiana Plant Food and Agricultural Chemical Association to put on a clinic that would train agricultural retail employees to test their facility's anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks.

According to ARA, the clinic was a success with 39 clinic participants. Two DOT officials taught attendees about the Special Permit program, how to be under the Special Permit and how to apply for a cargo test number, and the regulations governing obtaining how to test the nurse tanks. On the second day, two certified inspectors from Two Guys Mechanical Contractors, Inc. led a hands-on demonstration of nurse tank testing methodology. Ceres Solutions donated a nurse tank for use in the clinic.

A second 1005 Testing Clinic is scheduled for Aug. 26-27 in Waldo, Ohio. The DOT will also provide instructors at the Waldo clinic, and the Ohio AgriBusiness Association will co-host the clinic with ARA.

The DOT has committed support to ARA for future clinics in other Midwest States.

Source: Agricultural Retailers Association