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FMCSA-PHMSA issues safety advisory on Possible Catastrophic Failure of Nurse Tanks and Recommendation for Periodic Testing

On February 20th, 2024, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a safety advisory related to the catastrophic failure of a nurse tank that occurred in Iowa on August 23, 2023. The tank was manufactured by American Welding and Tank LLC at its Freemont, Ohio plant in 2009. The FMCSA-PHMSA advisory focuses on those specific tanks manufactured by ...more

IFCA Receives Update from EPA on Existing Stocks Order for Dicamba

On February 6, 2024, a ruling by the U.S. District Court of Arizona vacating the 2020 registrations for over-the-top (OTT) dicamba products, IFCA received this information from the EPA on existing stocks of dicamba for the 2024 cropping season:   On February 14, 2024, EPA issued an Existing Stocks Order for Dicamba Products Previously Registered for Over-the-Top Use on Dicamba-Tolerant Cotton and Soybean. This Order addresses use of the formerly-registered ...more

Arizona Federal Judge Vacates Dicamba Registrations

A federal court in Arizona on Tuesday vacated the 2020 registrations of three dicamba products previously approved by the EPA for over-the-top applications including XtendiMax, Engenia and Tavium in soybeans and cotton.  The ruling in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona leaves ag retailers and farmers without the use dicamba in the upcoming growing season. The impact of the judge'...more

IFCA Mourns the Death of Bill Northey

On Monday, February 5 the news of Bill Northey’s passing quickly spread through the agriculture industry, of which he dedicated his professional life to serving. Most recently Bill as CEO of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI). Bill Northey, who served as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture from 2007 to 2018 and as undersecretary for farm production and conservation at U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2018 ...more

Asmark 2024 Applicator Manuals

  IFCA has partnered with the Asmark Institute to offer 2024 Applicator Manuals. The 1,800 page book contains over 150+ specimen labels of the most popular custom applied products. This manual has become the industry standard in helping comply with EPA's requirement to have current label information available for applicators while handling or applying pesticides. Place a copy in every piece of application equipment and nurse or ...more

Illinois State Capitol Update

The General Assembly came back in session this week for a 3-day work week.  A few committees were scheduled but it was a very quiet week. The major conversations being held around the Capitol revolved around bill introductions. All bills have to be released from the Legislative Reference Bureau by next Friday. We are starting to see a few bills already kicked out ...more

Commercial Applicator/Operator Training Schedule

The University of Illinois’ Pesticide Safety Education Program will once again be hosting commercial applicator/operator training for the categories of general standards and field crops throughout the state beginning January 2024. Please click here to view the upcoming training schedule. Click here to be redirected to register for training.   Training for general standards and testing for all categories will ...more

U.S. Commerce Lowers Phosphate Fertilizer Duties

The U.S. Commerce Department announced it is lowering duties placed on phosphate fertilizers imported from Morocco from 19.97% to 2.12%. The decision came after the agency conducted an administrative review of the duties, which is performed annually by retroactively examining the price of shipments and other factors. The issue stems from a decision by Commerce that favored a petition by Mosaic to impose duties on phosphate ...more

Pesticide Disposal Companies

On several occasions, IFCA receives phone calls from our members seeking companies that offer pesticide or hazardous waste disposal.  We have updated a list of those companies that offer fee-based pesticide disposal. Please click here to view the list.

NTSB Preliminary report on Teutopolis roadway incident

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on Wednesday listing details of the roadway incident that occurred on September 29, 2023, near Teutopolis, IL that resulted in the release of anhydrous ammonia. Additionally, five people in the area of the crash died and eleven others sustained injuries ranging from minor to severe due to their exposure to anhydrous ammonia. Click here to read the preliminary ...more

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Another packed house in Charleston today for Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training.
IFCA would like to thank the Fertilizer Institute for asking IFCA's KJ Johnson to sit on TFI's board of directors this week at their annual meeting. IFCA and TFI have always had a great working relationship.
Another great turnout for Ammonia training in Mt Vernon this morning.
Great turnout for the first day of anhydrous ammonia training at the Agricenter in Bloomington. Jason Solberg with IFCA is addressing treatment for ammonia exposure.