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Agriculture Press Release

August 12, 1998

Agrichemical Handling Manual Available

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced the release of a new reference manual, "Best Management Practices for Agrichemical Handling and Farm Equipment Maintenance."

"This manual is intended to help all agricultural producers and other chemical users manage their chemical handling and equipment maintenance areas using practical and environmentally safe measures," Crawford said.

The 42-page publication includes information on best management practices for handling pesticides, fertilizers, solvents and degreasers, fuels, and other potentially hazardous farm supplies. A reference section includes a list of agencies and publications for further information, chemical-spill reporting requirements, and a list of county extension offices and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

"I believe that the need for regulations in agrichemical handling and farm equipment maintenance can be minimized with widespread and conscientious adoption of these management practices," Crawford said.

The manual was published jointly by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and was developed in cooperation with the University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, along with agricultural organizations and other federal and state agencies.

For a free copy of the manual, contact a county extension office or the local Soil and Water Conservation District.

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For more information:

Dennis Howard
(850) 487-0532


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