Source: Agricultural Retailers Association

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) late Tuesday sent out an Agricultural Survey to approximately 1,000 Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) facilities, the Agricultural Retailers Association reports. ARA said the purpose of the survey is for DHS to collect information from CFATS facilities that sell, transfer or commercially apply a Chemical of Interest (COI) and COI-containing products (e.g. agricultural pesticides and fertilizers) to farms, ranches and other agricultural production facilities. Facilities will have 60 days to complete and submit the survey to DHS. The Agriculture Survey will collect information on the types of COI and COI-containing products provided to these agricultural production facilities as well as certain information, where available, about those customers' use and handling of the COI-containing products.

On Dec. 21, 2007, DHS issued a letter granting an indefinite extension for farmers and other agricultural facilities from being required to complete a Top-Screen using the agency's Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Web site. The extension was intended to allow DHS time to gather more information regarding the storage and use of COI materials at these agricultural production facilities.

To view the CFATS Agriculture Survey Users Guide 

For more information on the DHS CFATS program

For additional help from ARA, contact Richard Gupton, Vice President of Legislative Policy & Counsel, ARA, at (202) 457-0825.