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The Mulch & Soil Council has developed educational and training videos to help industry companies improve their business operations and/or regulatory compliance.

Please review the offerings below for further information on each program.


Bulk Mulch Principles and Practices

Online Course Description

This course is designed to help industry managers understand the challenge of determining volume for bulk mulch sales. It discusses issues impacting load variability; procedures for determining bucket load volumes, product compression, employee train
ing, load verification and point-of-sale responsibilities for weights & measures.

title w- borderTopics include:

  • Bulk volume objectives
  • Validating loader bucket volume
  • Building a calibration box
  • Loader volume determination process
  • Bulk loading procedure
  • Field test study & results
  • Mulch compression factors
  • FOB vs. Delivered Product

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Training Course on Product Variability

Online Course Description:

This course is designed to help industry managers understand the challenge of packaging variability caused by pore spaces in horticultural mulches, product oils and resins effects, settling and compaction issues and other characteristics affecting product fill for packaged mulch materials.Variability Title Slide.pptx

Topics include:

  • Causes of Product Variability
  • Product Characteristics
  • Causes of Package Variations
  • Pore Space Characteristics
  • Machine Characteristics
  • Setting Target Fill
  • Avoiding MAVs
  • Quality Control Practices

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Checking Net Contents of Mulch Packages

Online Course Description:

This course is designed to assist industry managers and regulatory officials understand the background, processes and procedures for uniform checking of the net contents of packaged mulch and soil materials as defined in NIST Handbook 130 and 133 by the Office of Weights & Measures of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Package Labeling & Testing Requirements
  • The Statistical Basis of The Handbook And Sampling Plans
  • What, When, Where And How Inspectors Verify Net Quantity Declarations
  • Determining Inspection Lots And Sampling Procedures
  • How To Test The Volume Fill of Mulch Packages

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In-Plant Quality Control

Online Course Description:

This course is designed to help industry managers and plant personnel understand the issues, challenges and procedures for in-plant quality control of packaged mulch and soil products.

Quality Control Title Slide.pptxTopics include:

  • Setting Equipment
  • Bag Size Issues
  • Setting Line Speed
  • QC Testing
  • Operator Training
  • Lot Criteria & Numbering
  • Record Keeping

 

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