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Ag Chemical Safety

High value crime and theft is no longer confined to city limits. In recent years, ag chemical theft has been on the rise in rural communities throughout the United States. These agrochemicals are being targeted for both their monetary value, as well as for illegal uses such as methamphetamine (meth) and explosive production.

Today thieves are most commonly seeking out an agricultural fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, to produce meth in makeshift labs. As meth abuse continues to increase, it's important to properly secure your ag chemicals to deter chemical thefts on your farm. A well designed chemical protection plan will protect your farm, chemicals and the surrounding community.

Theft Prevention Measures

  • Southern States has a wide variety of "Keep Out" and "No Trespassing" signs to post on your fences, chemical storage buildings and surrounding areas.
  • Keep your chemical storage areas locked and well-lit to deter potential thieves.
  • Place your chemicals in an area visible to your house, if you live on the property where the chemicals will be used.
  • Minimize the amount of time you store chemicals on your farm. If possible, have the chemicals delivered right before you use them.
  • Know your inventory so you can quickly identify if chemicals are missing from your storage area.
  • Contact your local police department to find out if there have been chemical thefts in your area. Local law enforcement may also have security measure suggestions for you.
  • Return excess chemicals to the distributor if you will not be applying the rest of the chemicals for a long period of time.

Suspect a Theft?

  • Contact your local law enforcement ASAP.
  • Do not disturb the area where the chemicals were stored, as it is now a crime scene.
  • If you spot the thieves, do not confront them. Wait for the police to arrive.

Special Member Savings

At Southern States®, we are proud to be one of the nation's largest farmer-owned cooperatives. Southern States has partnered with Nationwide® Agribusiness Insurance to offer Southern States Cooperative member-producers in North Carolina and Virginia special discounts on insurance. In addition to giving you exclusive insurance savings, we're also joining forces to support the cooperative that means so much to you.

Nationwide® Agribusiness is the number 1 insurer of farms in the U.S. and a leading insurer of commercial agribusiness. Go to to find a local agent.

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