Bigger farms mean a lot of other supporting players are bigger too - from equipment to crop protection product containers. While they're still around the 2.5-gallon jug is no longer the preferred method for delivering crop protection products to the farm.
The caged tank, or mini-bulk container, is the preferred method, but those same handy containers are also piling up on farms across the country. While those crop protection product containers stack nicely, they can also be recycled provided you follow a few simple steps.
That's the focus of a free webinar being offered by The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance in cooperation with our sister publication group Farm Press.
TPSA, a volunteer ag industry group made up of concerned individuals, manufacturers, retailers, recycling contractors and regulatory experts is stepping up to take on the issue of recycling those larger caged-tanks to move those off farms.
The free webinar, sponsored by TPSA and its industry partners - Rinsing and Recycling Caged Tanks - is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, July 10. You can register for the webinar online.
On hand for the Webinar is a range of speakers from academia, the regulatory system and more, they include:
* Ples Spradley, teaching/Extension specialist, University of Arkansas
* Nancy Fitz, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
* Scott McPheeters, corn producer, Gothenburg, Neb.
* Bryan Gran, vice president, business development, FarmChem
Spradley coordinates the Pesticide Safety Education Program where about 1,500 commercial applicators are trained on pesticide usage and safety; and 4,000 private applicators are certified every year using the materials and equipment he provides.
Fitz is a chemical engineer at EPA who has worked on policies and regulations regarding pesticide containers, containment, disposal, storage and transportation for more than 23 years including the August 2011 Pesticide and Containment Rule.
McPheeters is at the business end of caged tank use on his farm near Gothenburg, Neb. He has been rinsing and recycling IBC containers for more than 10 years. McPheeters farms with his father and two sons in central Nebraska. Most of the ridge-till corn he raises is center pivot irrigated and along with field corn they raise food-grade yellow and white corn, and popcorn. He designs and builds some of his own equipment, and does maintenance and most repair work in the McPheeters farm shop.
Chairman of the Board of TPSA, Gran has worked for crop protection product manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, recycling industry and equipment distribution firms for more than 26 years. FarmChem is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of bulk and mini-bulk systems, including caged tanks, tank monitoring systems and accessories.
Webinar sponsors include Bayer CropScience, IBC North America, Interstate Ag Plastics, Monsanto, NCG, TankLink and TPSA. The free webinar is brought to you by Farm Press and Penton Marketing Services. For more information about the speaker presentations and webinar visit www.TPSAlliance.org.