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4,000th ResponsibleAg audit completed

ResponsibleAg, a voluntary and industry-led safety and stewardship initiative, has completed its 4,000th facility audit.  The effort is a joint venture between The Fertilizer Institute and the Agricultural Retailers Association to help participating locations keep employees, customers, and communities safe.

The milestone was completed at Rutherford Farmers Cooperative in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, an affiliate of Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.  Drew Landerman, environmental, health, and safety specialist for TFC says by participating in the ResponsibleAg program they’re able to focus on educating their employees at all levels to better understand and meet safety regulations.

The ResponsibleAg audit encompasses up to 17 areas of operation, depending on the type of facility. Following an audit, the facility receives a corrective action plan detailing how to resolve any issues identified. Once corrections are made, the facility achieves ResponsibleAg certification, which is good for three years. Recertification ensures personnel stay up to date on safe practices and facilities comply with new or updated rules and regulations.

The first audits were conducted in 2015 and there are more than 2,500 facilities registered, with many completing certification for the second time since the program’s inception.

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