Tim Cansler, Executive Director of ResponsibleAg was interviewed by WGN-Radio, Chicago for their Agri-Cast. The interview aired December 20th during the Morning Show with Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong. To listen to the interview here is the link to the podcast: http://wgnradio.com/2014/12/20/agri-cast-december-20/ The radio show discussed how the explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, TX impacted the fertilizer industry and how ResponsibleAg was created to support and enhance fertilizer retailers’ awareness and compliance with federal safety and security regulations and provide comprehensive facility assessments based on federal regulatory requirements. ResponsibleAg encourages stewardship by getting a third party “seal of Good Housekeeping.” In addition to Cansler, WGN’s Christen Decker interviewed Cheryl Schmura, CHS Inc., who sits on the board of The Fertilizer Institute and Tim Gocken, Northern Illinois Alliance, a joint venture between CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and Elburn Cooperative, an integrated agriculture supply cooperative headquartered in Sycamore.
Tim Cansler talked about how businesses can begin to get involved (starting at about 7:15 into the podcast) with ResponsibleAg by going to the web site, www.ResponsibleAg.org and registering your facility. “There are extensive Frequently Asked Questions there, tutorials, regulatory compliance information, a facility assessment checklist, and many other resources.” To become ResponsibleAg Certified, participating facilities must successfully complete a ResponsibleAg assessment once every three years. Participants can choose up to 17 areas of their facility to be assessed by a ResponsibleAg auditor and can include dry fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, among others. If corrections need to be addressed, a ResponsibleAg facility will receive a corrective action plan which will list the needed actions [and provide additional resources to help in achieving regulatory compliance.]