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Gov. Blagojevich awards $535,000 in Anhydrous Ammonia Security Grant funds to fight meth production   Send a link to a friend

Grants will help agrichemical dealers protect their facilities from theft

[June 14, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich has awarded $535,000 in Anhydrous Ammonia Security Grant funding to 50 Illinois agrichemical dealers throughout the state. The funding, announced May 25, will help these businesses secure their facilities to prevent the theft of anhydrous ammonia, a farm fertilizer and key ingredient used to manufacture methamphetamine. This is the second installment of grants since the governor created the Anhydrous Ammonia Grant program in August 2006 and furthers the governor's efforts to reduce the production and manufacture of the illicit drug.

"Meth is a highly addictive drug that threatens families and entire communities. This program helps farmers and agrichemical dealers protect anhydrous ammonia -- to keep the chemical out of the hands of meth makers," Blagojevich said.

The Anhydrous Ammonia Security Grant initiative is a self-help program. It allows fertilizer dealers to determine their own security needs and then reimburses them for up to two-thirds of the cost of their improvements. Eligible projects include the installation of tamper-proof locks on ammonia tanks, the purchase of lighting and video surveillance equipment, and blending of additives that render the fertilizer useless in the production of methamphetamine.

"It's a growing problem. More and more agrichemical dealers are dealing with the theft of anhydrous ammonia at their facilities. These grants provide businesses with necessary funding to improve security and safety measures, which also will help protect their bottom line," Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke said.

"Partnering with the state of Illinois to enhance security and prevent ammonia theft not only improves safety and security at ammonia facilities, but also helps protect everyone in rural Illinois who has been dealing with meth-related problems for nearly a decade now," said Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association. "It is our hope that we can continue this valuable program in the future."

Meth has become a growing crisis in the state of Illinois, with prison admissions rising from only six in fiscal 1999 to 421 in fiscal 2004. The current prison population for meth offenders is more than 800, with countless others in prison who are believed to have committed their offense while under the influence of the drug. In 2002, Illinois State Police seized 668 meth labs statewide and made 820 related arrests. By 2006, the number of seizures had grown to 786 and accounted for over 1,100 arrests.

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Throughout his administration, Blagojevich has taken several actions to make it harder for meth producers to obtain ingredients, and to stiffen penalties for manufacturers and users.

On May 22, the governor announced more than $5.2 million in federal funds to help fight drug crimes in 64 counties throughout Illinois. The funding will be distributed to 28 multi-jurisdictional narcotics enforcement and narcotics prosecution units and will be used to conduct undercover drug operations, crack down on methamphetamine labs and prosecute drug offenders, among other programs. (See previously posted article.)

Last year, the governor created the meth prison initiative, which included the creation of a 200-bed meth unit at the 667-bed Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center in St. Clair County. For fiscal 2008, the governor proposes expanding the Sheridan Correctional Center from 950 offenders to its full capacity of 1,300 offenders, with 200 of those spaces to be used for another meth unit. Inmates in both programs will have access to intensive prison-based drug treatment programs, vocational training, job preparation and mental health services, and their treatment will continue under a highly supervised transition back to their communities upon completion of their sentence.

A complete list of 2007 grant awards is listed below.

[Text copied from file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

Grant applicant


Award amount

Ag View FS Inc. Princeton


Ag-Land FS Inc. Pekin


Agri-Tech Service Inc. Goodwine


A-Way Inc. Crescent City


Bolduc and Sons Inc. Woodhull


Broadwell Farm Center Broadwell


Bunker Hill Supply Hutsonville


Cabery Fertilizer Co. Cabery


Cameron Grain Corp. Cameron


ChemGro Inc. Dallas City


Crop Production Services Mason City


Crop Production Services Marissa


Crop Production Services Melvin


Crop Production Services Wellington


Crop Production Services Saunemin


Crop Production Services Inc. Yates City


Cupi's Ag Center South Pekin


Doug Kline Crop Service Inc. Casey


Earlybird Grain & Fertilizer Stanford


East Lynn Fertilizer Inc. East Lynn


Effingham Equity Effingham


Evergreen FS Inc. Bloomington


Farmers Exchange Fertilizer Farmersville


Harbach, Gillan & Nixon Inc. Hopedale


HG&N / Randolph Ag Service Heyworth


Illiana Seed Danville


J.R.'s Crop Service Reddick


Kohlbrecher Truck Service Inc. St. Rose


Lincoln Ag Center Co. Lincoln


Lincoln Land FS Inc. Jacksonville


M & M Service Co. Carlinville


Maplehurst Farms Rochelle


Michlig Agricenter Inc. Manlius


Miller Fertilizer and Feed Cowden


Miller Fertilizer Inc. Martinsville


Myers Crop Center Inc. Gridley


Okaw Crop Care Shelbyville


Okaw Farmerís Co-op Arthur


Peine Inc Minier


Perry Feed & Fertilizer Inc. Timewell


Prairie States Warehouse Danville


Shipman Elevator Co. Shipman


Sidell Agri-Services, Inc. Sidell


St Clair Service Company Belleville


Stonington Fertilizer Inc. Stonington


Sunrise Ag Service Company Virginia


T/A Terminals Inc. Meredosia


Top Ag Coop Inc. Okawville


Tri Ag Inc. Emden


Twomey Company Gladstone


United Prairie LLC Tolono


Westfield Grain & Fertilizer Inc. Westfield


Westridge Agri-Services Tuscola





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