Extension Ag Update
March 2009
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Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Video (12 minutes)

Because of the potentially hazardous nature of anhydrous ammonia, the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) and Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) have produced a 12-minute video outlining the proper safety procedures that famers should take each and every time they handle the product.  The video highlights the most common safety errors that can lead to an anhydrous ammonia accident or release and is intended to supplement the training that the IFCA provides each year to over 1,000 commercial ag retail employees who handle ammonia at retail facilities. The Fertilizer Research & Education Council (FREC) paid for the video with proceeds from a 12.5 cent fee on each ton of agricultural fertilizer sold in Illinois.  FREC’s purpose is to fund projects that improve fertilizer efficiency as well as promote proper use of fertilizers.  “While preparing for spring planting, I encourage farmers to review proper ammonia handling and safety procedures,” Illinois Agriculture Director Tom Jennings said.  “Thanks to FREC and the Fertilizer and Chemical Association, all it takes is 12 minutes, which is a small investment of time to prevent potentially costly errors.”

The high-resolution video can be accessed at the IFCA website at www.ifca.com It also is available free of charge if other organizations would like to embed it on their websites.  For more information, contact the IFCA at (309) 827-2774. 

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Frost Seeding Red Clover in Winter Wheat

If you plant winter wheat, you have an opportunity to “grow” your own nitrogen (N) to help manage input costs and accrue soil quality benefits. The age-old practice of green manuring, especially in conjunction with wheat, can produce significant creditable N for corn the next year. It also protects the soil and may be eligible for cost share under local and Federal conservation programs.

The Hiring Process: Recruiting, Interviewing and Selecting the Best Employees

Fred Whitford, Coordinator, Purdue Pesticide Programs, Mark Hanna, Senior Corporate Counsel, The Eastridge Group of Staffing Companies, Cindy Gerber, Human Resources Manager, JFNew , Mark Wade, Manager of Human Resources, Evans Properties, Inc. , Arlene Blessing, Developmental Editor and Designer, Purdue Pesticide Programs
“This publication provides you with the tools you need to increase your efficiency in hiring and retaining employees. We will discuss writing a detailed job description, provide a guide for developing an employment application form tailored to the pesticide application industry, and list essential interview questions. Taking the steps outlined here will help increase your odds of attracting, hiring, and retaining good employees; and it will reduce the likelihood of low morale, low productivity, and staff turnover.” To order a copy contact: Ag Communication, Media Distribution Center, Purdue University, 231 S. University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2094, 1-888-398-4636