Knowing what to do with empty caged pesticide tanks, also called mini-bulk containers, has been a challenge for farmers. But a July 10 webinar, called Rinsing and Recycling Caged Tanks, will offer some recycling solutions.

Set for 2 p.m. EDT, the webinar is organized by The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance, (TPSA) a volunteer ag-industry group of individuals, manufacturers, retailers, recycling contractors, and regulatory experts, with its industry partners.

Speakers will include:

• Ples Spradley, an Extension specialist who coordinates the University of Arkansas Pesticide Safety Education Program. About 1,500 commercial applicators are trained on pesticide usage and safety and 4,000 private applicators are certified each year using the materials and equipment he provides.

• Nancy Fitz, a chemical engineer in the Environmental Protection Agency’sOffice of Pesticide Programs. She has worked for more than 23 years on policies and regulations regarding pesticide containers, containment, disposal, storage and transportation, including the August 2011 Pesticide Container and Containment Rule.

• Scott McPheeters, a Gothenburg, NE, corn grower who has been rinsing and recycling IBC containers for more than 10 years. Most of the ridge-till corn that he farms with his father and two sons is center-pivot irrigated. Along with field corn, they raise food-grade yellow and white corn and popcorn. McPheetersdesigns and builds some of his own equipment, enjoys both oxy-acetylene and arc welding and does maintenance and most repair work in his farm shop.

• Bryan Gran, who serves as chairman of the board of TPSA and is vice president of business development at FarmChem. FarmChem is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of bulk and mini-bulk systems, including caged tanks, tank monitoring systems and accessories.

Webinar sponsors include Bayer CropScience, IBC North America, Interstate Ag Plastics, Monsanto, NCG, TankLink and TPSA. The webinar is brought to you by Farm Press and Penton Marketing Services. To register, visit here. For more information, go to

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