IFCA and IDA have cancelled the September 2020 fall anhydrous ammonia safety schools due to COVID concerns. Those needing to be certified or re-certified as competent attendants to handle ammonia at storage facilities can achieve certification using an on-line training program that will be available September 1, 2020. Click here for more details.
Click below to access the Summer 2020 IFCA Newsletter. Topics inside include an update on pesticide misuse complaints, farmer ammonia safety training rules, updates to NH3 facilities, legislative updates, IFCA events and more.
Paraquat labels in 2020 require anyone who "uses" or applies the products to be certified applicators and also take paraquat label training. Syngenta explains the requirement in the document below. To access the on-line paraquat training program, click on the title of this story. To learn more about classroom training options see the document below.
Founded in 2012, Illinois NREC is helping discover methods to reduce nutrient loss and ensure profitability in Illinois agriculture. Learn about how NREC is accomplishing this in this short video, featuring IFCA's Director of Nutrient Stewardship Dan Schaefer: https://youtu.be/hqObVWOv51w
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"
IFCA initiated and passed legislation in 2019 to remove the registration and license plate requirement for ammonia nurse tanks, fertilizer buggies and floaters/sprayers effective Jan 1, 2020. Please click here to read the full Regulatory Alert.
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).
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
All of the information you need to both understand and use the Illinois MRTN recomendation system are provided in the links directly below.
This includes a new Guide called "Using the Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) System in Illinois" - developed from hundreds of nitrogen rate trials funded by NREC and implemented by IFCA's nutrient team. Also, there is a link providing instructions on how to use the new Illinois Maximum Return to Nitrogen app on Apple Devices. This app makes it easy to determine the recommended N rate for corn in Illinois. Lastly, a new video that features Dr. Emerson Nafziger and others explaining the purpose and importance of the MRTN and the role it plays in modern agriculture.
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.
Did you know......The US fertilizer industry generates 54,420 retailer jobs, from selling fertilizer to agronomic advice to custom blending and application, directly to farmers.
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In a long-awaited announcement, the EU Monday stated it would approve Bayer’s #XtendFlex soybeans. These multi-biotech traited soybeans feature tolerance to #glyphosate, #dicamba and #glufosinate.
Did you know......The US fertilizer industry creates 32,662 manufacturing jobs through the #mining of phosphorus and potassium from natural deposits.
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Results from the 2020 nitrogen rate trials pictured below in both Warren and Sangamon County will help update the nitrogen rate calculator for the state of Illinois.
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Dicamba Decision Time for EPA: What's on the Table?
EPA has a big to-do list when it comes to new dicamba herbicide registrations for 2021.
Story here: https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/crops/article/2020/09/24/dicamba-decision-time-epa-table