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Anhydrous Ammonia Certified Grower Requirement

Anhydrous Ammonia Certified Grower Training

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) now requires all growers or grower farm operators who transport or apply anhydrous ammonia, or otherwise maintain anhydrous ammonia equipment, to be certified to understand the properties of ammonia, to become competent in safe operating practices, and to take appropriate actions in the event of a leak or an emergency. Initial certification shall be achieved no later than April 1, 2022. 

Training applies to those individuals who transport or handle anhydrous ammonia:

  • Farmers/Growers
  • Farm Employees
  • Family Members
  • Others that help
  • Out of State Farmers/Growers who apply anhydrous ammonia in Illinois

There is no cost for the Grow Certificate training and growers and grower farm operators have until April 1, 2022 to be initially certified, and then must participate in refresher training every three years. 

We have provided a link below to access approved Department of Agriculture online training. The training program should take approximately 60-75 minutes. 

ANHYDROUS AMMONIA CERTIFIED GROWER TRAINING LINK

So that we can make this a seamless transition with no disruption of service, we ask that you please provide us with a copy of your ammonia training certificate by April 1, 2022.  We must have a copy of the training certificates for you, along with all family members or others who may transport, apply, or otherwise work with anhydrous ammonia on your behalf.  

Although the final compliance date for grower ammonia training is April 1, 2022, we encourage you to become certified as soon as practical, to help demonstrate the industry’s commitment to the safety and stewardship of anhydrous ammonia use in Illinois.  

The Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Soybean Association and the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association and Maplehurst Farms all support this grower safety & certification program.  

If you need any assistance, please contact your Maplehurst Agronomy Sales Representative

Thank you for your cooperation. 

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