Agricore United

Agricore United

August 22, 2005 14:06 ET

Agricore United Rolls Out Ammonia Customer Safety Workshops

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2005) - Agricore United (TSX:AU.LV) is pleased to offer customer training in the safe use and handling of Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3), one of the most effective and economical sources of nitrogen fertilizer available to western Canadian Farmers. This training program builds on the company's "KeepSafe" program, an initiative focused on our farmer customers.

Sessions will be offered in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to about 800 Agricore United customers. In addition to detailed safety training, Agricore United's team of ACE (Agronomic Crop Enhancement) Specialists will discuss the agronomic facts of NH3 and how it compares to other nitrogen fertilizers, as well as effective application methods for specific situations. Taking a science based approach to yield enhancing products like ammonia is an essential aspect for application of this nutrient. By having the correct information, producers will recognize management opportunities which could lower the unit cost of production and improve net returns for their operation.

"Safety is a core value at Agricore United and promoting the safe handling of crop nutrition products with our customers is important to us," says Glen Black, Director, Environment, Safety and Risk. "The obvious next step is to provide our customers and their families who handle anhydrous ammonia with product training, safe handling and agronomic advice."

The day long program covers all aspects of working safely with the product. Anhydrous ammonia is stored under pressure, so precautions for handling pressurized equipment will be discussed including proper procedures for hooking and unhooking nurse wagons, unplugging blocked shanks, proper maintenance and use of break away couplers and personal protective equipment.

"Using anhydrous ammonia to put nutrition back into the soil, safely, is an important business decision," continues Black. "Through these customer workshops, Agricore United is helping growers learn more about the science and safe handling of NH3."

Agricore United is one of Canada's leading agri-businesses. The prairie-based company is diversified into sales of crop inputs and services, grain merchandising, livestock production services and financial markets. Agricore United's shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "AU.LV".

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