Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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To assist and represent the crop production supply and service industry while promoting the sound stewardship and utilization of agricultural inputs.

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MAGIE 2024

August 21-22, 2024

 

McLean County Fairgrounds

1106 Interstate Drive
Bloomington, IL
 
 
 

2024 IFCA Golf Outing

Looking for a great summer event for a cause? Don't miss out on the 2024 IFCA Golf for Scholarships outing! This year we are only having one outing which will be in Bloomington, IL at The Den on July 25th. This outing is a great opportunity to network with peers while supporting the next generation of agriculturalists.

We will be limited to the number of golfers and we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to golf at this Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course.

The outing is open to all, and companies are encouraged to bring teams of employees or customers to support the IFCA scholarship program. Scholarships are provided to students enrolled in an agriculture-related field attending the U of I, ISU, WIU, and SIU state colleges.

Cost: $125 per person; $500 for a foursome

Location: The Den; 3002 Fox Creek Road; Bloomington, IL

Time: Check-in at 9:30 am; Shotgun Start: 10:00 am

 
 

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U.S. DOT HAZMAT Registration Deadline

If your company transports, or offers for transport, hazardous materials that require placarding by DOT, you must be registered with DOT. If your company registers with DOT annually, then registration for the 2024-2025 period must be completed by July 1, 2024. Since PHMSA allows multiyear registration, not all registration certificates are up for renewal in 2024.   The annual fee for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations is still $250 ...more

DJI Drone Ban

A new bill, H.R.6572 Countering CCP Drones Act, was introduced recently as an amendment to a military funding bill and passed the House of Representatives. The bill bans the procurement and use of DJI drones and due to proclaimed national security risks of data on critical infrastructure in the United States being shared from DJI, a Chinese owned company, to the Chinese Communist ...more

Illinois Pesticide Review Newsletter

Every other month, Illinois Extension provides a new Illinois Pesticide Review Newsletter. Here you will find information on legislation, regulations and other developments directly impacting pesticide use in Illinois. The latest edition includes stories on: Maintaining personal protective equipment Welcoming John Schepis to PSEP New pesticide laws around schools Recognzing heat-related warning signs for gardners and landscapers

Mileage Plate Renewal Deadline is June 30 – Expect Delays in Processing

Many IFCA members have been dealing with processing delays at the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office with renewals.  IFCA is asking our members to get your renewals in ASAP for mileage plates. The June 30 deadline may seem to be a long way out, but after experiencing 6-week delays or more with other renewals, things may not be much better this time ...more

IFCA’s “News Under the Dome” End of Session Wrap-Up

The 103rd General Assembly concluded their work this week.  Lawmakers are now home for the summer with many facing elections in November.  IFCA had another successful year at the Illinois state capitol this spring session. We were able to hold off any harmful legislation that might directly affect the industry negatively.  Below are some of the most important bills that IFCA was ...more

2024 Dicamba Guidance Document

To help our members avoid common recordkeeping mistakes and better understand what IDA expects when reviewing your records, we have updated our dicamba guidance document to highlight some critical items required when applying dicamba to soybeans.  Click here to see the IFCA guidance document.

Pesticide Container Recycling Program

The Illinois Department of Agriculture annually cooperates with various segments of the agrichemical industry to operate a plastic pesticide container-recycling program. For more information on the recycling program schedule, click here. For more information on the program in general, click here to be relocated to IDOA's website, where you can learn about the program. IDOA's press release can be found ...more

2024 IDOA Clean Sweep Program

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced that they will host again the pesticide clean sweep program this summer. The program, funded by a grant obtained from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is free and designed to collect unwanted agricultural pesticides.   This year collections will take place in Bureau, Carroll, Henry, JoDaviess, Lasalle, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties. &...more

Cleaning Spray Equipment

With pesticide application season still underway in terms of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide treatments, IFCA would like to remind everyone that cleaning your spray equipment must be done over operational area containment. It is a violation of the Part 255 Containment Rules to wash application equipment over gravel or any other area of your facility.  The rules state:   Cleaning and washing of agrichemical residue ...more

AASA Inspecting Illinois Retailers with Bulk Pesticides this Summer

This summer the American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance (AASA) will be inspecting bulk pesticide facilities in Illinois to help ag retailers assure compliance with the USEPA regulations governing bulk pesticide storage, containment, and repackaging.  Bulk pesticide storage is defined as any stationary storage tank, over 500 gallons, which holds herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or other ag chemicals with a USEPA product registration number.    The AASA ...more

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Train the Trainer Session being held today at the Asmark Agricenter. This program is designed to certify individuals in order to train growers who handle anhydrous ammonia.
IFCA Board Meeting today in Bloomington. We appreciate the commitment of our Board Members.
July 8th NH3 Train the Trainer Course for Ammonia Grower Safety Training Are you interested in training growers and have at least five years of experience in the anhydrous ammonia industry? IFCA & IDOA are offering a Train the Trainer Class July 8th at the Agricenter in Bloomington, IL from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm. This classroom course is for individuals experienced with ammonia who want to train farmers under the regulations for grower training. Attending this course will also satisfy Illinois Department of Agriculture “competent attendant” training requirements for anhydrous ammonia. You must preregister for this Train the Trainer Class. If you have any questions or to preregister for the Bloomington class, contact John Rebholz or Jason Solberg at 309-827-2774 or john@ifca.com or jason@ifca.com.
IFCA Regulatory group meeting today at the Asmark Agricenter. Great discussion along with informative speakers.