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Court Sides with Ag Retailers on PSM
The D.C. Court of Appeals today ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act when it issued an enforcement memorandum on July 22, 2015, redefining the "retail facility" exemption to the Process Safety Management Standard.
The Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute, which brought the suit to court, are pleased with the decision. "OSHA made a bad decision in regulating ammonia in response to an ammonium nitrate incident, and the agency made that decision incorrectly," said ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock. "Although ARA could only challenge on the procedural point and not the decision itself, we're still very pleased to see the Court rule in our favor and to provide this relief to our members."
Ag retailers are exempt from PSM until OSHA completes a notice-and-comment rulemaking process regarding PSM, which could take several years to finalize. ARA is currently reviewing the court's decision and will provide additional analysis once our assessment is complete. For now, retailers can celebrate a victory on the legal front. "It's a big win. Given the significant economic costs and absence of any safety benefit, the court made the correct decision," said ARA Chairman Harold Cooper. "The retail exemption has been in place for more than 20 years and OSHA should not have redefined it without an opportunity for stakeholders to comment."
Cooper said this could have easily gone another way. "As an industry, ag retailers tend to be complacent about regulations that come our way. We keep our heads down and do what's required," he said. "But this rule would have limited farmers and retailers options through an agency's improper regulatory overreach. Thankfully, ARA was uniquely prepared and positioned to defend our industry. They gave us a vehicle to fight and win this battle." Source: Agricultural Retailers Association
MO-AG Winter Convention
The Winter Convention is an event held annually in December and is held in conjunction with the MU Crop Management Conference. The convention features booths, speakers and entertainment for all who attend. The next Convention will be on December 15th at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, please click here for the exhibitor brochure, here for the booth layout and here for the attendee brochure.
Munzlinger on Trump Committee
Editor's Note: Missouri State Senator Brian Munzlinger, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is on the Trump Agricultural Advisory Committee. Also included is Rebeckah Adcock of MO-AG national affiliate CropLife America. For a complete listing of all committee members, CLICK HERE.
MO-AG Priority Legislation Signed by Governor
Governor Jay Nixon has signed the fertilizer control board bill (SB655) into law. I want to sincerely thank Sen. Brian Munzlinger for sponsoring the bill and Rep. Bill Reiboldt for handling the bill in the House. There are many others to thank as well. While MO-AG was intimately involved in the development of the legislation and was an early supporter, passage of the legislation was truly a group effort. The support of the major commodity groups and farm organizations was absolutely crucial. Also crucial were those MO-AG members who travelled to Jefferson City to testify for the bill and to visit one-on-one with legislators.
And now, the work really begins. SB655 authorizes a new board which will be responsible for directing Missouri's fertilizer program and determining how resources will be utilized. A Board made of up fertilizer dealers and their farmer customers who together pay the fertilizer tonnage fee will be deciding how best to utilize those funds. I expect the new board will take a broad look at the present program and discuss potential changes for the future. The Board will need to prioritize the regulatory program along with other priorities.
In addition to signing SB655 last week, Governor Nixon also signed SB665, SB657, and SB664. SB657 promotes the installation of blended fuel pumps while SB664 waives the requirement that farm corporations report to the Secretary of State when no changes in the reported information has occurred. SB665 re-authorizes the beef tax credit until 2021 and increases the credit up to $15,000. It also includes a tax credit for meat processing facilities and expands the eligibility of the Farm-to-Table (formerly Farm to School) Program. SB664 and SB665 were sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson and SB657 was sponsored by Sen. Brian Munzlinger. MO-AG thanks Governor Nixon for his support and for signing all these bills into law.
Asmark Institute Sponsors 25 ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Scholarships
The Asmark Institute announced plans to provide 25 scholarships through their affiliated State fertilizer and agrichemical associations to help encourage qualified individuals to become credentialed auditors under the ResponsibleAg Certification Program. At the heart of the ResponsibleAg initiative is the goal of providing accurate and credible audits consistently across the entire group of carefully trained ResponsibleAg credentialed auditors. There have been 84 auditors complete the training and pass the credentialing process so far. While the numbers of "internal" auditors, those trained to perform audits for their own company, has grown rapidly, there is a need for qualified "contract" auditors, those who will provide the service of performing audits for small and medium-size independent or cooperative businesses.
Each scholarship will offset the $2,150 registration for training and includes the credentialing application process. The scholarship program is designed to help offset some of the start-up costs for new auditors and help relieve some of the risk associated with launching a new national initiative of this magnitude. Recipients of the scholarships are expected to follow through and provide the service of performing audits.
"There are no better references than the State agribusiness association to help locate, select and foster the local highly-qualified individuals needed for this program," said Allen Summers, President of the Asmark Institute, "so it was an easy decision on our part to support our partners in each State and look to them for help with launching this vital program."
Individuals interested in learning more about this scholarship program should contact their participating State agribusiness association. To learn more about ResponsibleAg, contact the Helpdesk at 270-683-6777 or visit the website at http://www.responsibleag.org.%20
Source: Asmark Institute
Are Your GHS Efforts on Track?
OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave workers the "right to know," but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the "right to understand." Since 2012,OSHA has been bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
with the following deadlines:
So, what should I have done already?
•Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. (12/1/2013)
•New SDSs should be in a uniform format. (06/01/2015)
•Comply with either the final standard or the current standard, or both.(5/31/2016)
What do I need to do by June 1, 2016?
•Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. Update your Hazard Communication Program to discontinue use of the term "MSDS" and other outdated information. Retailers are fortunate that practically all of the products they receive are already marked with GHS labeling, however, if you have any "left-over" products in your facility, you
may need to apply the correct GHS labeling. Source: Asmark Institute