The Agricultural Retailers Association has released the following statement advising their members to observe security measures to protect stocks of agricultural chemicals.
Retailers, Farmers Advised To Tighten Security of Ag-Chems
In the wake of recent, tragic events in New York and Virginia, agricultural retailers need to be very aware of the uses to which their "tools of the trade" can be turned. While the FBI is specifically concerned with ammonium nitrate and urea, other ag chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia should also be carefully secured.
After recent reports of possible terrorists seeking ammonium nitrate in the southern U.S. and of some terrorists acquiring commercial driver's licenses to haul hazardous materials, ARA contacted various departments of the FBI and was asked to forward the following request to our members:
ARA members are also reminded of the "Be Secure For America Program" which is an industry/government initiative that was unveiled this past summer and is designed to ensure the safe, intended use of fertilizer. ARA, The Fertilizer Institute, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials, co-sponsored the program. Free brochures and posters are available and there is a toll free number (800-800-3855) to call to report suspicious activity.
In order to prevent the theft and possible misuse of ag chemicals, retailers and farmers may want to review and use some or all of the following procedures:
If you have questions, contact the Agricultural Retailers Association at (800) 535-6272.