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.

2018 NH3 SAFETY SCHOOLS

August 17th thru
October 12th

Registration is now open for classroom training.

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Updated Jul 18, 2018

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

IFCA Golf Outings

The IFCA Golf Outings are July 26 at LaSalle Senica's Oak Ridge and August 2 at the Windsor Fox Prairie Golf Course.  Proceeds from the outings support the IFCA Scholarship Program.  To register, complete the registration form below or call the IFCA office.  

2018 Pesticide Container Recycling Program

Click on the heading above to see the dates and locations to recycle triple rinsed and properly prepared pesticide containers.  The IDA will accept HDPE #2 plastic 2.5 gallon jugs, 55 gallon and under plastic drums with tops and bottoms cut off, fittings discarded and slit down the side, and colored IBC containers that are cut up into 1 foot square pieces.  The recycler will also accept minibulk cage containers cut into separate top, bottom and side pieces.  They MUST be free of all metal, wood and fittings.  All containers must be clean and triple rinsed with no residue on the plastic.  If you plan to bring mini-bulk containers to a recycling event, please call IDA ahead of time at 217.785.2427 and ask for Rick Severns.  IDA needs to know in advance how many minibulks you will be bringing.  

Dicamba Stewardship, Training & Links to Illinois Specialty Crop and Sensitive Areas

Classroom training ended on March 28, 2018.  Click here to learn about on-line training opportunities and for other dicamba resources including understanding inversions, keeping weather records, etc. 
 
Link to FieldWatch / DriftWatch.  FieldWatch is a Illinois Specialty Crop Registry.
 
Link to Illinois Department of Nature Resources Sensitive Areas. This map is a interactive state map that outlines areas with unspecified threatened and endangered species.

The University of Illinois Bulletin below contains a four step process for successful dicamba use in 2018; also posted below is an IFCA Regulatory Alert on Dicamba Use, IFCA Agrinews Editorial on Stewardship, and UI guidance on Adjacent & Neighboring sensitive crops.  

IFCA Spring 2018 Newsletter

Read the dicamba regulatory & stewardship reminders, regulatory updates and member activities in our spring 2018 newsletter.

IFCA and Agrible Partner to Track 4R Progress in Illinois

Ag retailers will soon be able to report progress on the 4Rs for acres they custom apply, thanks to a new partnership between IFCA and Agrible.  Read about it here.

February 9 Spring Nitrogen Webinar

Click here to download the slides from the Feb 9, 2018 Spring Nitrogen Webinar:  "Responsible Nitrogen Management in 2018:  Rates, Treatments & Timings" by Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois.  NREC funded the research that provided this information to the industry.  
 
Also click the link directly below for the recording that goes with Dr. Nafziger's Webinar.
 

Uniform Carrier Registration

Click below for a fact sheet on the Uniform Carrier Registration Requirement for Interstate Commercial Motor Vehicles.  

NREC Cover Crop Guidance Document

A cereal rye cover crop ahead of soybeans is the best way to get started if you are interested in cover crops!  View the PDF file below to check out this new step by step guide from NREC, based on successful cover crop management research.  

IL CCAs Lead All States on Number of 4R NMS

Click below for a press release announcing the names of the 19 Illinois CCAs who recently achieved the 4R NMS certification.  They join the 45 current 4R NMS in Illinois; IL CCAs lead all states in 4R NMS, more than double any other state.  That's commitment, leadership and stewardship--thanks everyone!

Applicator Training Course

The Applicator Training Course is up and running in Bloomington, IL.  Asmark in collaboration with AGCO developed the course for new applicators with less than five years’ experience.  Click here to see a video of the obstacle course along with information on registering for the course.   http://farmweeknow.com/story-agrichemical-industry-sets-safety-bar-high-new-applicators-5-161200    

NTIP Markings for Anhydrous Ammonia Nurse Tanks

There may be some confusion on markings on nurse tanks that are enrolled into the NTIP program.  The DOT-SP 13554 is no longer required as a marking on the side of the nurse tanks.  Click below for examples of current markings that are acceptable and markings that would be considered a violation. 

New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

New rules for anhydrous ammonia facilities are effective July 1, 2016.  Click below for the new rules and a compliance guide from IFCA.

Restricted CDL For Transporting Ammonia Nurse Tanks

Click below for the application form to the IL Sec of State to obtain a restricted CDL for transporting ammonia nurse tanks.  

Upcoming Events

IFCA Twitter

IFCA's Jason Solberg was flying the drone getting photos of N-Rate Trials in Vermilion and Piatt County. The Vermil… https://t.co/2mXYLRPmyN
MAGIE Show 2018 is just around the corner. This year's dates are Aug 22-23 in Bloomington, Illinois. Pre-Registrati… https://t.co/EZz2toiT4D
Last night the McLean Farm Bureau had a event where kids of all ages could "Ride a Tractor". Gary Cornell with the… https://t.co/rPBccFxAES
The @AsmarkInstitute Professional Applicator Training class is out side today driving the sprayers on the obstacle… https://t.co/9at9JJRe2E
IFCA's Dan Schaefer & Jason Solberg are in Decatur today at Macon County SWCD / NRCS's Strip-Tilling Field Day. Lo… https://t.co/84vBo3H8aJ

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MAGIE Show 2018 is just around the corner. This year's dates are Aug 22-23 in Bloomington, Illinois. Pre-Registration is open now. Click here to register: https://t.co/EqY1UA9CIt #MAGIE2018 #agriculture
Last night the McLean Farm Bureau had a event where kids of all ages could "Ride a Tractor". Gary Cornell with the Asmark Institute and IFCA was busy taking everyone for a ride in the new RoGator. #agriculture #rogator #spray18 #rideatractor #agsafety #ag #Fertilizer @AGCOcorp
Illinois Drought Monitor for July 10, 2018. Western Illinois is still in a moderate drought. #Drought #agriculture #plant18 #Crop2018 #harvest18 #illinoisweather #illinois #ilagriculture
The IFCA Annual Golf Outings are just around the corner. All golfers are welcome to play. This year golf outings are on July 26 at LaSalle's Oak Ridge and Windsor's Fox Prairie golf course. If you would like to play sign up here: https://t.co/GAjh25e1K5 #golf #agretailers #IFCA
Scott Pruitt resigns as EPA Administrator, President Trump say. Story here: https://t.co/s1IARQlyiW #epa

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Honing in on optimum N rates for IL farmers and water quality is what NREC research is facilitating today near Beme… https://t.co/cjgA7CgdJF
IFCA partners with Agrible to capture ag retailer progress in implementing the 4Rs on Illinois acres. Read about i… https://t.co/ppHOnMRwXg
IFCA's Keep it 4R Crop Program Supports Cover Crop Research in Illinois....see IFCA's Jason Solberg taking biomass… https://t.co/dSp4qLfgDh
What's going on this spring with 4Rs in Illinois? See IFCA's Spring 2018 "Keep it 4R Crop Report" here:… https://t.co/bZI3oY31am
Find out how corn responded to various N rates in 2017 and how it compared if you had used the MRTN:… https://t.co/svX0EOncgW