Compliance Issues

NASDA Policy Supports Paperless Tonnage Reporting

By Brent Kemp, AgGateway Executive VP/COO

AgGateway is applauding the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NADSA) for joining its voice to a industry-wide call for moving the regular reporting of fertilizer tonnage between states and companies to an electronic, paperless system. The policy amendment was adopted by the organization at its annual meeting last month, and is being forwarded as part of NASDA policy to state officials involved with tonnage reporting.

“NASDA encourages the adoption – by both states and industry – of electronic, paperless mechanisms for U.S. fertilizer tonnage reporting,” the policy amendment states.

More than 15 states are already accepting XML or Excel tonnage reporting data – either fully or partially using seamless reporting, and more industry participants are developing to the new specifications. Moving to paperless reporting requires coordination between state and industry representatives so that new data standards are adopted and used by both parties. AgGateway, The Fertilizer Institute, AAPFCO and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) have developed and heralded these common standards as a way forward in achieving paperless reporting.

AgGateway encourages state and industry officials who need more information to attend a working session at AgGateway’s Annual Conference, Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Orlando, where a team is developing the Excel expression for common implementation. Those interested can also contact Member Services at Member.Services@AgGateway.org, view a 2-page flyer or go to www.FertTon.com for more information. 

 

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