ResponsibleAg Begins Auditor Training

ResponsibleAg announced today that auditor training is now underway at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture. This week, the inaugural class of 24 candidates for credentialing as ResponsibleAg auditors is receiving instruction and being tested using a rigorous curriculum based on the federal regulatory requirements that apply to U.S. fertilizer retailers. This one-of-a-kind curriculum is a combination of lectures, testing, role-playing scenarios problem-solving sessions and hands-on exercises. It will serve as the cornerstone of ResponsibleAg’s efforts to promote safety for fertilizer storage facilities throughout the nation.


The Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture in Owensboro, KY, is a newly constructed, world class training facility managed by the Asmark Institute. The West Center includes a classroom and computer lab and is modeled after an active working farm center handling dry and liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, package and bulk crop protection chemicals, seed and other products one would find at a typical center.

“We greatly appreciate our partnership with our friends at the Asmark Institute,” said J. Billy Pirkle, Chairman of ResponsibleAg. “With the support of the team at Asmark, the new training center will provide students and auditors the same equipment they see in the field. This will better prepare them to conduct thorough onsite assessments and ensure regulatory compliance.”

Registration is now open for upcoming sessions of ResponsibleAg auditor training. Training takes place in 4 day sessions, and sessions will begin November 18 and December 2 of this year, with an additional 5 courses scheduled for 2015. Minimum applicant prerequisites have been established to ensure the experience, knowledge base and objectives of auditor candidates are as uniform as possible, and persons wishing to enroll will be asked to certify they meet an established set of qualifications when registering.

To register or obtain more detailed information on the ResponsibleAg program and the auditor course, please visit the ResponsibleAg Website. Click on the hyperlink “ResponsibleAg Credentialing Course for Auditors” located in the center/bottom of the web page. Please contact the ResponsibleAg help desk at 270-683-6777 with any questions.