The Safety School at MAGIE: The Go-To Meeting for Industry Updates


A top-notch list of speakers will cover everything ag retailers need to know when it comes to protecting their employees and assets.


For almost 20 years, attendees of the annual Midwest AG Industries Exposition (MAGIE) have had the chance to arrive a few days early to learn about the latest developments in safety and regulatory affairs. This will be the case again at the 2018 MAGIE event in Bloomington, IL. Safety School will last for a day and a half, starting Tuesday,

Aug. 21, at 7:30 a.m., and wrapping up Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 11:30 a.m.

According to the Asmark Institute, which runs the program in conjunction with MAGIE sponsor Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA), the Safety School “is focused on delivering those in the agricultural industry a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into a host of regulatory topics facing the industry.”

The program includes several national speakers from industry, state, and federal agencies who present information on “timely and relevant topics important to ag retailers.” The number of attendees ranges from 130 to 150, with most of these folks responsible for environment, health, and safety from all over the country. On average, Asmark says, approximately 70% are repeat participants every year.

“The school has been held in conjunction with IFCA’s MAGIE Show in Bloomington, IL, since the early 2000s,” Amber Duke, Vice President for The Asmark Institute, says. “Participants and speakers migrate over to the MAGIE show on Wednesday afternoon and are allowed into the show with their safety school name badges.”

Speakers, Added Incentive

This year’s keynote address will be given by Jay Vroom, President/CEO for CropLife America. Other national or notable speakers on hand will include Tom Bray with J.J. Keller & Associates, Brian Bothast with OSHA, and Dr. Fred Whitford with Purdue University’s Pesticide Programs. There will be a ResponsibleAg Program Update as well as updates from the Hill by the three national associations — the Agricultural Retailers Association, The Fertilizer Institute, and CropLife America. In addition, Matt Pearson with the Office of Indiana State Chemist, will be doing a segment on Concrete Containment: Repair or Replace? Nancy Fitz, a Chemical Engineer with EPA, will lead a panel discussion on the new Worker Protection Standard requirement changes.

The Safety School at MAGIE: The Go-To Meeting for Industry Updates

Safety School participants (with a paid registration) will receive a Limited Edition replica 1956 Ford F-100 Truck.

As an added bonus, Safety School will feature a special giveaway. Since this year marks its 40th anniversary, each participant (with a paid registration) will receive a Limited Edition replica 1956 Ford F-100 Truck, produced specifically to commemorate the school’s anniversary. “This collector’s toy is the third in a series that was started back in 2008 to help rebuild the school,” Duke says.

Registration is open at The registration price is $150 before Aug. 15 and $195 after.

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