At the IFCA annual meeting on January 18th, 2023 in Peoria we will announce four $1,000 scholarships to 4-year or Jr College students who are pursuing their education for a career in our industry. We always encourage students who are the sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of our IFCA members to apply! Applications need to be returned to IFCA by December 16, 2022.
If you find that your company is in need of a company that offers pesticide or hazardous waste disposal, look no further. IFCA recently updated a list of those companies that offer fee-based pesticide disposal. Simply click the attachment below to view the current list.
Click the above heading to read Dr. Emerson Nafziger's recent bulletin on fall nitrogen timing this fall, what we learned about nitrogen rates from the 2022 corn season and what rates the nitrogen rate caluclator recommends for the 2023 season.
FMCSA has published reforms to the Farm-Related Restricted Ag Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program. The changes allow states to issue farm-related or seasonal licenses to farm related industries for up to 210 days during a calendar year. This is up from 180 days. The second major reform is the change to a calendar year rotation for the program to prevent any overlaps from ...more
As of April 1, 2022, all growers or grower farm operators in Illinois who transport or apply anhydrous ammonia, or otherwise maintain anhydrous ammonia equipment, shall be certified. Growers and grower farm operators handling anhydrous ammonia must participate in refresher training every three years. Click here to be redirected to IDOA's online certified grower training website. IFCA has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document ...more
The following best management practices reflect what we have learned in 10 years of NREC funded research, performed on actual farmer fields over tile drainage. These BMPs are also part of both the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (INLRS) and the University of Illinois recommendations. The BMPs are as follows:
1. Use the Right Nitrogen Rate and do not apply the full ...more
As we prepare for the upcoming ammonia season, here are 12 key safety reminders to keep foremost in your mind when working with ammonia:
1. Remember to always utilize your ammonia gloves and chemical splash goggles when working around ammonia. Never wear contact lenses when working around anhydrous ammonia.
2. Always assume ammonia is present in all equipment or hoses and thoroughly purge ...more
On Wednesday, EPA rejected a 2017 petition to regulate treated seed, telling environmental groups the agency already "fully assesses" pesticides registered for treating seed, including effects on human health and the environment.
In September, the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California in San Francisco approved a consent decree between the EPA and the Center for Food Safety and the Pesticide ...more
To offer clarifying information on transporting chlorpyrifos, a representative with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated:
"FIFRA prohibits distribution and sale of misbranded pesticides. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have not identified an exception for distribution of misbranded pesticides for the purposes of disposal. EPA’s regulations allow for distribution of pesticides that are unregistered, cancelled, or suspended, as long ...more
The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an interim decision for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and says it will complete its registration review in 2026.
The agency announced its latest decision Friday in response to a June opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that vacated the human health portion of EPA’s interim decision after finding the ...more
IFCA's KJ Johnson sat on a panel discussion at yesterday's IMEA Training Summit in Springfield. He and the panel discussed supply chain issue, foodsecurity, global inflation and labor shortages.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency
The Outlook for Fall Fertilizer: ‘Moderately Optimistic’
Thus far, the 2022 crop nutrient season has been one heck of a rollercoaster ride for ag retailers and their grower-customers. In addition to dealing with serious supply shortages and stubbornly high prices, uncertainty on the global stage — affecting key fertilizer sources such as Russia, China, and Ukraine — added new levels of stress to the marketplace throughout the spring application season.
Through hard work and expert planning, the industry successfully managed to navigate all these rough waves during the first half of 2022. Now, the question becomes how will the fall 2022 season play out?
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