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 Jan 20, 2021

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Vaccine Rollout for 1B Essential Workers - Steps to Follow

Over the last couple of days, IFCA has been in contact with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) regarding the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to ag essential workers.  If you've seen IFCA's past alerts, ag essential workers are in Phase 1B of the state's plan.  IEMA informed IFCA today that Phase 1B will begin on January 25th.  &...more

CEU Opportunities for Crop Advisors

One of the impacts of canceled conferences, shows, field days, and meetings has been the shortage of CEU opportunities for Crop Advisors. If you are a Certified Crop Advisor in need of CEU's, or just interested in attending online conferences or webinars providing information impacting our industry, we encourage you to go through the document below that contains information and ...more

New! Pesticide Training & Testing (On-Line and In-Person Testing)

The UI and IDA have announced on-line training and testing, with the opportunity for some in-person testing after January 1. Click on the heading above to be directed to the UI's Pesticide Training & Testing website for more information about training/testing opportunities.  

COVID Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

With the rollout of the COVID vaccines, the Illinois Department of Public Health created a "Frequently Asked Questions" document.  Within the document you will find answers to questions regarding vaccine availability, requirements/mandates, safety, and other common questions.  Please click the PDF below to learn more.

New Dicamba Labels

On October 27, USEPA announced it has issued new registrations for XtendiMax and Engenia, two dicamba products whose labels were cancelled last July 31, 2020.  The Agency also extended the registration for Tavium; therefore, all these labels now expire in 2025.  No news on the registration for FeXapan yet, but registration for this product would be possible since the XtendiMax registration has been approved.  ...more

Final Rules on Farmer NH3 Training Published

New rules in Illinois require farmers or those working on their behalf to be certified in order to transport, apply or work on ammonia equipment.  The rules, frequently asked questions and qualifcations for trainers are below.  Contact IFCA with questions.    

COVID Update; Nov 20 Mitigation Plan

The State of Illinois has implemented new covid mitigations effective Nov 20, 2020.  Click the heading above to see the guidelines.  Below are other resources on how essential industries such as agriculture can continue to function.  Contact IFCA with questions.  

Fall Nitrogen Guidelines

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

On-Line Fall Ammonia Safety Training

NH3 Safety Checklist for Growers

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has an informative checklist for growers to serve as a reminder to keep safety in mind when handling anhydrous ammonia.

Paraquat Label Changes & Training Requirements

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.  

Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council

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"

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

Uniform Carrier Registration

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. 

IFCA Twitter

Preparation and patience are @ILAgriculture top recommendations for successfully completing the online #pesticide c…
The @ILAgriculture has registered XtendiMax with Vapor Grip Technology, Engenia Herbicide and Tavium Plus Vapor Gri…
The UI and IDA announce on-line pesticide training and testing, with the opportunity for some in-person testing aft…
Vilsack chosen as Biden's Agriculture secretary Vilsack, who served as Agsecretary for eight years under the Obama…
IDA Announces Farmer Ammonia Safety Training Requirements Yesterday the IDOA announced the new requirement in Illi…


Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Stay in Place, but read the latest nitrogen management and rate recommendations from UI here:…
Join us March 20 at 9 am CST for a Spring Nitrogen webinar. 1 CEU in NM for those who participate. This webinar i…
The risk of phosphorus loss from fields increases when P is applied to frozen or snow-covered soils. The graph her…
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: