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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Updated Nov 21, 2019

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

Paraquat Label Changes & Training Requirements

New paraquat labels will appear starting November 14, 2019 and require anyone who applies the newly labeled products to be certified applicators and also take paraquat label training.  Syngenta has prepared an explanation of the new requirement, click on the document below.  To access the on-line paraquat training, click on this link:

Fall 2019 IFCA Newsletter

We recently mailed our Fall 2019 Newsletter to roughly 1,100 members statewide. The newsletter covers many important topics currently impacting our industry. Regulatory, pesticide and legislative updates are provided within the newsletter, as well as our Chairman's Report and 'Member Spotlight' article. Please click the link below to read.

IFCA Scholarship Application

New Version of Cover Crop Guide

NREC recently updated its Cover Crop Guide, including more guidance based on research performed on Illinois farms.  Please click on the link provided to read over the new version of the cover crop guide, "Considering Cover Crops? - Let this guide be your guide to success"

Illinois Dicamba Labels 2020

New Law Removes License Plates on Fertilizer Trailers, Floaters on Jan 1, 2020

New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

There are several important compliance requirements for Illinois ammonia facilities and nurse tanks that go into effect on December 31, 2020. Click below to view the NH3 Rules Compliance Guide or to download the regulations (8 IL Adm Code Part 215).

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018.  The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.  Additional resources on Worker ...more

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

Uniform Carrier Registration

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.    

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. 

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

Illinois Soil Temperatures

  Today we are featuring yesterday's 4 inch bare soil temps at noon.  
WARM map displaying temperature data throughout the state (also see table below)

IFCA Twitter

IFCA has updated the Illinois #dicamba website with the new labels for 2020 and training dates. The first…
IFCA's Board Member @TadghD gives U of I WILL Todd Gleason a update on the 2020 Illinois river closures but also wh…
IFCA, ILFB, Sierra Club and the IL Wastewater Agencies released a joint press release about the IL Nutrient Loss Re…
IFCA shooting new video for updated anhydrous ammonia safety training program. Thanks to @AsmarkInstitute,…
Its time to pass #USMCA now! #Illinois exports $27.9 billion worth of goods to Canada/Mexico, which supports 70,000…


IFCA has updated the Illinois Dicamba website with the new labels for 2020 and upcoming training dates. The first dicamba training is on December 10th in Mt Vernon, Illinois. Find other dicamba training dates and the new labels here: #dicamba #Soybean #crop20 #agriculture #Dicambatraining
IFCA is shooting new video for our updated anhydrous ammonia safety training program. Thanks to Asmark Institute, Illinois State Police, FDS and Evergreen FS for their time and equipment to make this video possible. #Fertilizer #agretailers #agretail #nh3 #ammonia #anhydrous #saftey
December 12 4R Meeting On December 12, IFCA is hosting our 3rd annual 4R meeting to provide an update on research and policy developments related to nutrient issues in Illinois. The meeting, from 9:00 to 1:30 pm, will be held on December 12 at the Asmark Agricenter in Bloomington and is free to attend. You can pick up 3.5 hours of CEUs in Soil & Water and Nutrient Management. There are some very interesting findings in the latest NREC research projects that reveal a lot more about nutrient loss than we have previously considered, and you can also find out what kind of progress we are making in reducing N and P loads in Illinois river systems. We will also provide a great lunch, so don't miss this event. See the agenda, and simply send an email to to register.
IFCA's KJ Johnson is back down in Springfield at the Illinois State Capitol. He give a update on what might be taken up in the last week of veto session. #ilagriculture #agriculture #ilsenate #ilhouse #illinois
IFCA's President Jean Payne talks to FarmWeek about the fall fertilizer application season that looks to be compressed again. Read the full story here:

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Wondering about the timing of fall applied nitrogen? Today Dr. Nafziger at the University of Illinois published a…
Ready to sidedress late planted corn? Get fresh advice on N source and rate from UI in this June 7 Bulletin:
Timely and optimistic recommendations on tillage, planting and fertility management for Illinois farmers and crop a…
Get updated Illinois N rate recommendations on your smartphone. Type "MRTN Rate Calculator" in the Apple Store. H…
Nitrate levels are elevated in Central Illinois lakes. This resource from UI and the updated N Calculator provides…