Required Anhydrous Ammonia Training

Farmers and farm operators who transport or apply anhydrous ammonia, or maintain anhydrous ammonia equipment, are now required to become certified through a new safety training requirement. The training requirement was created in November of 2020, and farmers and farm operators have until April 1, 2022 to be initially certified. Refresher training will be needed every three years.

The training can be done online and will require 1-2 hours to complete and obtain a certificate which you can print and keep on file. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) website where you can access the training is at www.Bit.ly/IllinoisNH3. Once you are at the IDOA website, you may first need to create an Illinois.gov account. It is a simple process of just filling in your name, address and creating a password. You will be sent a confirmation email where you will need to click on the link to access the training.

In person trainings are also available, and Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau has two remaining training dates: June 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm and August 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Seating is limited so contact the office to reserve your spot. There is no cost for the training or to obtain the certificate.

Since the spring of 2019, the Illinois Farm Bureau has engaged in discussions with IDOA and other agricultural groups to examine solutions that would address concerns surrounding safe transportation and application of anhydrous ammonia, but still allow for wide agricultural use of anhydrous ammonia.

Illinois Farm Bureau engaged in each stage of the rulemaking process, submitting comments at first and second notice opportunities. As a result of that involvement, IFB is in support of this new category requirement.