Bloomington Facility Will Provide World-Class Fertilizer Application Training

The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association and Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is partnering with the Asmark Institute on the endeavor.

Published on: Jan 9, 2012

The Asmark Institute will construct a new training complex in Bloomington to host its Ammonia Technician Course and a series of new courses designed for grain facilities.

Bloomington is centrally-located within the United States and offers several advantages, especially to the agricultural industry. The 26,000 square foot complex is expected to host a wide variety of meetings with its unique design and capability to accommodate equipment used for scenarios and specialized hands-on training. The Bloomington complex will also serve as the central dispatch point for the Professional Applicator Training course.

Asmark Institute is proud to partner with the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association (IFCA) and the Grain & Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) on the Bloomington training complex. IFCA anticipates relocating its offices to the new complex and share the 7,200 square feet of general office space with 1-2 other agricultural-based organizations.

"The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is excited to partner with the Asmark Institute in developing a facility with hands-on safety training for the grain handling industry," according to Jeffrey D. Adkisson, Executive Vice President of GFAI. "Having well-trained employees, especially in the area of safety, has been a focus of the Association as well as the Asmark Institute for years. We see this as the next step in training our grain handling workers to recognize hazards and learning how to prevent or eliminate them."

"The level of skill and training demonstrated by pesticide and nutrient applicators is often a determining factor in the overall prosperity of the ag retailer's business," says Jean Payne, President of IFCA. "IFCA's partnership with the Asmark Institute to bring this technologically advanced, hands-on training center to Central Illinois is a major step forward for our industry, for farmers who rely on expert applicators, and for the safety of the public and communities that expect a high level of professionalism, safety and stewardship from our industry."

Plans are for the office space to be ready for occupancy in March 2012, with the training complex being finished in time for the National Environmental, Health & Safety School in August.

Asmark Institute is a national resource center serving the retail agricultural industry, consisting of retail agribusinesses, state and national trade associations, educational institutions and government agencies. The

Institute provides compliance materials and services, develops common sense solutions to new regulatory requirements, assists the government in its mission of protecting life, property and the environment, monitors enforcement activity for uniformity, supports industry efforts to arrive at fair and reasonable regulation and provides a wealth of unique resources to give wings to the ideas designed to help lift an industry. The Institute is a private, non-profit organization that provides a forum for organizations to effectively collaborate on issues for the benefit of the retail agricultural industry.