CHS now has more than 100 ResponsibleAg certified facilities from its CHS Country Operations and CHS Agronomy divisions. Out of all U.S. fertilizer facilities receiving this certification, CHS represents 12 percent of the total.
ResponsibleAg was started in 2014 to assist agribusinesses as they sought to comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules regarding the safe handling and storage of fertilizer products. The rigorous application process includes a checklist of more than 320 questions about federal regulatory requirements. To be certified as a ResponsibleAg facility, locations must be 100 percent compliant with the entire checklist. (more…)
Today marks the 45th National Ag Day.
American agriculture is the foundation of our country. It’s the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation that’s made possible by the hard work of America’s farmers and ranchers.
At CHS, we are proud to support National Ag Day and promote the agricultural industry today and every day. Hear from Sarah Gallo, Government Affairs Director for CHS on how your voice is important to the industry.
Your Voice is Important and People are Listening., by Sara Gallo
|March 13, 2018||Alert|
South Dakota Launches New Sensitive Crop Registry
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announced a new partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. to introduce a new sensitive crop registry that will enhance communication between applicators and producers in South Dakota. FieldWatch is a not-for-profit company with existing registries in multiple states across the country. The new partnership will facilitate increased awareness and communication as part of ongoing stewardship activities.
The FieldWatch platform will allow beekeepers and commercial producers of specialty crops (such as tomatoes, fruit trees, grapes and organic crops) to register and map their sites online with an easy-to-use mapping tool and provide contact information about their operation. Pesticide applicators can access the site to help determine the scope and location of specialty crops and beehives in their areas. Registered applicators can sign up to receive email notifications when new specialty crop fields or beehives are added to their designated state, county or areas.
The new registry is free and voluntary to use. Both commercial and hobby beekeepers can use the system, however only managers and owners of specialty crop fields that are used for commercial production and are of at least a half-acre in size will have fields approved by the state data steward. FieldWatch is not intended for homeowners or those with small gardens.
Pesticide applicators will have different options for viewing locations on the new system, including a new mobile app coming this spring, but all users (applicators, producers, and beekeepers) will need to go to www.fieldwatch.com and create an account to get started. For additional resources you can also visit www.fieldwatch.com/resources.
Kathy Zander, Executive Director
Roxanne Rice, Finance Director
When people ask CHS Government Affairs staff what it’s like to work as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., they’re always curious about how the political landscape has changed in recent years. Sarah Gallo, director, CHS Government Affairs, is happy to share anecdotes, but she’d rather discuss how the conversation about agriculture has evolved. Students, farmers and the ag industry will carry that message to Capitol Hill on National Ag Day, to be celebrated March 20 in Washington, D.C., and across the country. (more…)
Join us tomorrow for our lunch in Faulkton to support Harvest for Hunger
Our Faulkton location will be holding a lunch to support Harvest for Hunger on March 7th. A free will donation lunch of burgers and brats will be held from 11am – 2pm at the Faulkton Office/Shop. They will also be selling tickets for a drawing to be held March 26th. Drawing prizes include: a $200 beef bundle of your choice and a $100 pork bundle of your choice from Bauer’s Supervalu. Tickets are $2 each or 3 tickets for $5. All donations will go to support the local food shelf. If you have any questions please give our office a call 605-598-4532