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 Dec 9, 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's Dan Schaefer is in Monmouth at the UofI research center putting on #nh3. This is a @IllinoisNrec funded proj…
IFCA would like to congratulate Tim McArdle of @BRANDT_co for getting ARA Distinguished Service Award today in New…
IFCA's KJ Johnson and Jason Solberg attended the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy meeting in Springfield.…
Plan to attend the IFCA #4R Field Day on Dec12 in Bloomington. You'll receive new info on the status of water qual…
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at IFCA!


IFCA's Dan Schaefer is in Monmouth at the UofI research center putting on #nh3. This is a @IllinoisNrec funded project that looks at different timing and rates of #nitrogen along with #covercrop termination dates. #4R #Fertilizer #ILNLRS
IFCA would like to congratulate Tim McArdle of BRANDT for getting ARA Distinguished Service Award today in New Orleans. Tim is a past chairman of ARA and a leader in the ag retail industry. Congratulations Tim, you deserve it. #Brandt #agretailers19 #agretail
IFCA's KJ Johnson and Jason Solberg attended the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy meeting in Springfield the last two days. Lots of great discussion about reducing nutrients in Illinois water's and how we fund those types of projects.
3rd Annual IFCA 4R Field Day Dec 12 Please mark your calendars to attend the IFCA 4R Field Day on Thursday, December 12. This will be an "indoor" field day but we will have footage of 4R field practices from the fall of 2019 to illustrate how nutrient placement can help reduce losses. The meeting will be held at the Asmark Agricenter in Bloomington, IL. If you need some CCA credits before year-end, this is another great way to pick up nutrient management and soil & water credits. You'll receive new information on the status of water quality in Illinois Rivers, how these levels are measured and attributted to either point or non-point sources, and how our industry's commitment to the 4Rs is influencing nutrient loss reductions. Want to know what is happening around us in other states? Well you can find out at this meeting! There is no cost to attend. A great lunch will also be provided to all those who attend. Feel free to also invite your farmer customers. To register or see the agenda here:
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at IFCA!

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…