Facility Inspections Start Up Again

Retailers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming take note: Bulk pesticide facility inspections are being conducted in your states this year.

The American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance (AASA) announced the list of affected states recently. AASA is a not-for-profit organization that has taken the lead in developing a stewardship inspection and accreditation program for ag retail facilities that store bulk, mini-bulk, and packaged ag chemical products. The group began inspecting facilities in 2004 and reached its goal to inspect 5,000 retail pesticide facilities by the end of 2006. Inspections are now on a three-year repeat cycle.

Crop protection manufacturers and distributors will use the inspection data to assist with decisions about where products can be stored safely. The Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association administers the AASA program. Visit www.aginspect.org for more information.

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