Tuesday, March 16; 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT
INDIANAPOLIS – Farm operations manage a variety of chemicals and other materials safely each year. This can include pesticides, fertilizers, fuels, oils, manure, and crop residues. Proper management of these materials can reduce the potential for spills.
On March 16 at 10 a.m. EDT, farmers, agricultural-related businesses, consultants, spill contractors and other stakeholders are invited to attend a free webinar about the preparation and handling of environmental spills and emergencies in agriculture. Experts from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Office of the Indiana State Chemist (OISC), Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), and Purdue Extension will share information on how to properly respond to environmental spills. Jerry Boger from Premier Ag also will share a risk manager’s perspective during the webinar.
“What keeps an emergency from becoming a catastrophe? Planning! Manage the situation from becoming worse than it is,” said OISC’s Fertilizer Administrator Matt Pearson.
For this training, IDEM has partnered with Purdue Extension so farmers can receive Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program (PARP) credit for attending this webinar. The Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council are sponsoring the $10 fee for PARP credits per private applicator who signs up and attends the training.
“Relationships matter and partnerships are important,” said IDEM’S Office of Program Support Assistant Commissioner and Agricultural Liaison Julia A. Wickard. “As we were developing this program, it was natural to reach out to our sister state agencies and Purdue for their participation in this timely program for Indiana agriculture. It is great to work alongside the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council which stepped up to cover the fee for applicators.”
Registration is open and farmers, agricultural-related businesses, consultants, and spill contractors that would benefit from an overview on spill prevention and response are encouraged to attend. For more information on environmental education opportunities, visit https://www.in.gov/idem/ctap/2471.htm.
E101 is a free training series offered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Compliance and Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) staff. E101 trainings are designed to educate individuals in charge of managing environmental responsibilities at Indiana businesses, but is open to anyone interested in the subject matter. The goals of this training series are to assist agricultural professionals in understanding current state and federal environmental regulations, determine how the regulations apply to Indiana businesses, and demonstrate how to implement practices that strengthen environmental compliance and sustainability efforts. More information about this training and future trainings can be found at https://www.in.gov/idem/ctap/2471.htm.
IDEM (idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens to protect Hoosiers and the environment.