Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Just in!


Boise--The government is proposing a new rule to further regulate a certain type of fertilizer. It's all to make our country safer, but it also means paper work for farmers and suppliers.

The proposal is suppose to regulate ammonium nitrate, which is commonly used as a fertilizer, but it's also an ingredient for terrorist bombs.

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing a new rule to further restrict the sale of ammonium nitrate. "Ammonium nitrate is one of the more commonly used fertilizers that we use here in Idaho. It’s very common on the farm," said Jake Putnam, Idaho Farm Bureau Spokesman.

Anyone who buys 25 pounds or more of ammonium nitrate will have to register in advance and go through a terror threat screening. Local farmers say there are regulations already in place. "The new regulation being proposed is more retail level," said Local Farmer Sid Freeman.

In other words, there will be more paper work to go through for fertilizer dealers, farmers or anyone trying to purchase a small bag of the substance. "If you've got John or Jane Doe with the big yards and gardens, purchasing ammonium nitrate, a 50 pound bag, maybe that needs to be monitored as well,” said Freeman.

Many co-ops in our area do not sell ammonium nitrate anymore, because of some regulations that are already in place. Now the public will have 120 days to comment on the new proposed rules.

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