The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is emphasizing the importance of anhydrous safety for farmers and applicators this spring. Jane Boerboom, an expert in the field, highlights the potential dangers associated with handling anhydrous ammonia (NH3), stressing the necessity for meticulous equipment maintenance and proper safety precautions. 

Boerboom underscores the severe consequences of contact with NH3, which can result in devastating burns for both humans and animals. To mitigate these risks, she advises individuals to adhere to strict safety protocols, including carrying safety water, wearing non-contact lens safety goggles, utilizing anhydrous ammonia-rated safety gloves, and donning long-sleeved shirts and pants. 

Furthermore, Boerboom emphasizes the critical step of releasing pressure before disconnecting lines containing NH3 to prevent accidents or spills. In the event of such incidents, Boerboom urges immediate action, including contacting emergency services at 911 followed by the Minnesota Duty Officer at 1-800-422-0798.