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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.

IFCA Webinar Recording - Atrazine Listening Session

Miss the Atrazine Webinar?

View the Webinar Recording

On Friday, September 16th, IFCA held a public webinar to address the recently announced revised registration for atrazine with additional label mitigation measures. The webinar provided the following:

  • Information about atrazine restrictions IFCA and Syngenta.
  • Details about IFCA’s plan to engage with EPA
  • Advice on how to submit your own comments to EPA

Most importantly, it was the first opportunity for IFCA members to provide input on how these restrictions will affect your business.

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Updated Nov 27, 2022

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

IFCA Scholarship Application

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.  

Pesticide Disposal Companies Resource

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.

The Bulletin: Fall Nitrogen

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 Seasonal Ag CDL Reforms

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

NH3 Grower Training

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

As we approach the middle of October, thoughts begin to turn to the yearly question "When Can I Start to Apply Fall Ammonia?"

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

Fall Ammonia Safety Reminders

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

EPA Rejects Petition on Treated Seeds

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

Clarification: Ban on Transporting Chlorpyrifos

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

Glyphosate Interim Decision Withdrawn; EPA Anticipates Final Registration in 2026

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

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IFCA Twitter

With fall #nitrogen application underway and National Rural Health Day this week, #NH3 expert John Rebholz with…
The IFCA board of directors got to tour @NutrienLTD Aurora, NC Phosphate Mine yesterday. The group learned more ab…
The IFCA #4RFieldDay is hitting the fields. Lowell Gentry is talking about his #nitrogen research here at the Eric…
Dr. Emerson Nafziger speaking at #IFCA #4RFIELDDAY regarding "2022 Crop Challenges and Victories" @AgRetailers


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Jason & John are on the road today in Fairbury, IL providing ammonia training to Nutrien employees. Appreciate the folks at Nutrien for including us in today's training.