26 September 2013 23:24 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is committing $25,000 (€18,500) to the development of a web portal that will assist smaller fertilizer companies in participating in the Paperless Tonnage Reporting Project, the US industry group said on Thursday.
Expected to be operational by 2016, the project is a collaborative effort by several industry organisations to develop and implement mechanisms to facilitate reporting of fertilizer sales to state control officials.
Currently, 47 states require fertilizer tonnage reporting, registration and fee payments and are guided by varying sets of regulations and documentation.
In many states, this process is still accomplished by using hard copy, paper submitted forms that are creating unnecessary burdens for both companies and government administrators.
The Paperless Tonnage Reporting Project aims to provide cost-savings to both the states and the industry by using an industry standardised format, streamlining the reporting process, and utilising electronic communication technologies.
“Having timely and accurate fertilizer tonnage data is necessary to our advocacy efforts in the environmental arena,” said Chris Jahn, TFI president. “Access to this information will greatly enhance our ability to communicate with policymakers and other stakeholders about farmers’ fertilizer stewardship.”
The project is a collaborative effort between TFI, AgGateway, the Agricultural Retailers Association and the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials.
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