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 Nov 17, 2019

Staying In The Know

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Regulatory Alert

In The News

Fall 2019 IFCA Newsletter

This week we mailed our Fall 2019 Newsletter to roughly 1,100 members statewide. The newsletter covers many important topics currently impacting our industry. Regulatory, pesticide and legislative updates are provided within the newsletter, as well as our Chairman's Report and 'Member Spotlight' article. Please click the link below to read.

IFCA Scholarship Application

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"

Illinois Dicamba Labels 2020

Paraquat Label Changes & Training Requirements Q&A

The new paraquat labels that will come out later this year will require anyone who applies paraquat to be a certified applicator, similar to the requirement on the dicamba soybean labels.  The new paraquat labels will also require product specific training, an on-line program will allow applicators to meet that requirement and print a certificate. Paraquat currently in stock should still have the old ...more

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

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

Uniform Carrier Registration

Applicator Training Course

The Applicator Training Course is up and running in Bloomington, IL.  Asmark in collaboration with AGCO developed the course for new applicators with less than five years’ experience.  Click here to see a video of the obstacle course along with information on registering for the course.   http://farmweeknow.com/story-agrichemical-industry-sets-safety-bar-high-new-applicators-5-161200    

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. 

Restricted CDL For Transporting Ammonia Nurse Tanks

Click below for the application form to the IL Sec of State to obtain a restricted CDL for transporting ammonia nurse tanks.  

Upcoming Events

Illinois Soil Temperatures

  Today we are featuring yesterday's 4 inch bare soil temps at noon.  
WARM map displaying temperature data throughout the state (also see table below)

IFCA Twitter

IFCA's KJ Johnson is back down in Springfield at the Illinois State Capitol. He give a update on what might be tak… https://t.co/kCdzDgfh3n
IFCA President Jean Payne talks to @FarmWeekNow about the fall fertilizer application season that looks to be compr… https://t.co/auxwWLN3GG
IFCA would like to thank all the men & women in our military on this Veteran's Day for serving and protecting this… https://t.co/kq4VKDNBwE
The House could vote on the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) as soon as next week, according to House Agricul… https://t.co/NoRpvyLKR8
We had to wait a little longer than normal, but @IllinoisNrec research strips were harvested today in Douglas Count… https://t.co/ltULRUngpw

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IFCA's KJ Johnson is back down in Springfield at the Illinois State Capitol. He give a update on what might be taken up in the last week of veto session. #ilagriculture #agriculture #ilsenate #ilhouse #illinois
IFCA's President Jean Payne talks to FarmWeek about the fall fertilizer application season that looks to be compressed again. Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/2NAaDcX
IFCA would like to thank all the men and women in our military on this Veteran's Day for serving and protecting this great country. #VeteransDay #ThankYouForYourService #ARMY #Navy #marine #AirForce #UnitedStates #UnitedWeStand #CoastGuard #Military #agriculture #ag #Fertilizer 🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲
We had to wait a little longer than normal, but NREC research strips were harvested yesterday in Douglas County. #fertilizer #4R #NREC #agresearch #agriculture #agnews #agronomy #agretailers #agretail
The House could vote on the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) as soon as next week, according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). Story here: https://t.co/3836mwr79a #USMCA #USMCANOW #trade #Fertilizer #AgRetailers #agretail

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Wondering about the timing of fall applied nitrogen? Today Dr. Nafziger at the University of Illinois published a… https://t.co/9e7yYxDKGd
Ready to sidedress late planted corn? Get fresh advice on N source and rate from UI in this June 7 Bulletin: https://t.co/zIlop76INg
Timely and optimistic recommendations on tillage, planting and fertility management for Illinois farmers and crop a… https://t.co/MYXSgSFOXA
Get updated Illinois N rate recommendations on your smartphone. Type "MRTN Rate Calculator" in the Apple Store. H… https://t.co/xv1MAaxCoy
Nitrate levels are elevated in Central Illinois lakes. This resource from UI and the updated N Calculator provides… https://t.co/LuuLyqv1H5