One of the less thought of impacts of canceled conferences, shows, field days, and meetings within our industry 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 listening to webinars regarding information directly impacting our industry, then we encourage you to go through&...more
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 are posted below. The IL Dept of Ag will offer on-line training starting in January 2021. IFCA and IDA plan to offer "train the trainer" classes in early 2021 so that retailers can provide in-person ...more
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.
The UI and IDA announce on-line training and testing, with the opportunity for some in-person testing as well. Click the heading above to be directed to the IDA website for more information about training/testing opportunities.
Late in the afternoon of 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 ...more
IFCA will be awarding four $1,000 scholarships to students in either junior college or a four-year university who are studying for a career in the agribusiness sector. Provided below is the 2020-2021 IFCA scholarship application in both Word and PDF. Please either email a digital copy of your application to email@example.com or mail a hard copy to our IFCA office by December 17, 2020.
Do not apply a full rate in the fall, use a USEPA labeled nitrification inhibitor, and wait until soil temps fall to 50 degrees and are trending cooler. To read the full guidance on fall N, click here.
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.
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
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.