Category Archives: Hot Topics

2019 Iowa Proposed Workers’ Compensation Rate(s) Reduction – overall 9.2%

Pursuant to Iowa Code section 515A.6(7), notice is hereby given that the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. has made a rate filing which affects the premium rates for workers’ compensation insurance. The rate filing proposes an overall decrease in voluntary and assigned risk rates of 9.2% from the current rates that became effective January 1, 2018.… Read More »

California’s drivers revealed as the nation’s worst

A mix of rising drunk driving incidents, distracted driving, and gridlocked highways has given California the dubious honor of hosting the nation’s worst drivers. Previously in second place, the Golden State now ranks first in the annual study on bad drivers by online insurance marketplace website QuoteWizard, which described the state’s drivers as “firmly the… Read More »

U.S. Dept of Homeland Security Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate

This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeks comment on a recent amendment to the Homeland Security Act entitled the Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate.  The amendment requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) to ‘‘regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an ammonium nitrate facility to prevent the misappropriation or use… Read More »

U.S. Dept of Labor – OSHA – Guidance on the Ammonium Nitrate Storage Requirements in 29 CFR 1910.109(i)

On October 9, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Adair Grain Company (dba West Fertilizer Company) following the April 17, 2013, explosion that killed 15.  The citations included violations related to hazards associated with improper storage of ammonium nitrate under 29 CFR 1910.109(i).  This memorandum provides investigatory and citation guidance to… Read More »

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 490 – For the Storage of Ammonium Nitrate

NFPA 490 was developed by the Technical Committee on Storage, Handling, and Transportation of Hazardous Chemicals and was tentatively adopted by the Association in 1963. It was further  amended and again tentatively adopted in 1964. After further revision, it was officially adopted in 1965. Amendments to NFPA 490 were adopted in 1967, 1969, and 1970.… Read More »

Iowa Department of Agricultural: On Farm Fertilizer Storage

Iowa farmers must follow all laws and rules regarding secondary containment, loading and unloading of liquid and non-liquid bulk fertilizers and placement restrictions of Anhydrous Ammonia storage locations.  As a result, the following regulations apply: Bulk Dry Fertilizers Fertilizers can be offloaded directly onto the applicator in the field of application, Bulk dry fertilizers must… Read More »

ISU Drought Meetings

The drought conditions are causing major concerns for both crop and livestock producers. To help address those concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting six free drought meetings at the following locations. Meeting topics include crop growth and development under drought conditions covered, discussion on feeding drought damaged crops, including issues with… Read More »