New Training Program Created For Students Entering Ag Retail

The Head Start program will train community college students on the various safety procedures associated with ag retail.

Published on: Apr 19, 2013

Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, in partnership with the Asmark Institute, recently developed a training curriculum for Illinois' community college students enrolled in agriculture programs at their respective college. 

The Head Start Program offers students a training curriculum that prepares them for work at agricultural retail facilities.  "One thing missing in the agricultural workforce is a variety of young, talented and properly trained individuals prepared to enter the ag retail industry," says Allen Summers, President, Asmark Institute.  "If we can offer agriculture students proper safety training, then we have done a great service to the industry by preparing the next generation for a career in the ag retail industry."

New Training Program Created For Students Entering Ag Retail
New Training Program Created For Students Entering Ag Retail

The Head Start Program will focus on training agriculture students proper methods to prepare driver qualification files as well as receive training in the following subjects: confined space entry, forklift safety training, blood-borne pathogens, anhydrous ammonia safety, HAZMAT, hazard communication, proper personal protective equipment, worker protection standards, fire extinguisher, lockout/tagout and respirator basics.  One of the goals of the Head Start program is to reduce accidents at the workplace while at the same time giving students a head start on safety and training requirement prior to entering the ag retail workforce.   

The course curriculum will be offered at the new Asmark Institute Agricenter in Bloomington, IL on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.  "We were approached by agriculture instructors at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL to develop a training program for their students prior to graduation."  "We decided to offer training courses that satisfy USEPA, OSHA, IDA and USDOT training requirements", stated Kevin Runkle, Directory of Regulatory Services for Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association.  "At this point it is a pilot program and if it generates continued interest from other community colleges in Illinois we will offer more training programs", stated Runkle.  If you have questions about the Head Start Training Program, contact Kevin Runkle at 309.827.2774.

Source: IFCA