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 Jul 4, 2020

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2020 IFCA GOLF OUTINGS

2020 IDA Pesticide Container Recycling Schedule

IL Dept of Ag FAQ on Dicamba Use 6 10 2020

IDA Statement on Resumed Dicamba Use in Illinois

USEPA has issued a cancellation order for Xtendimax, Engenia and FeXapan.  On the evening of June 9, 2020 the Illinois Department of Ag issued this guidance which allows for continued use of Xtendimax, Engenia and FeXapan in Illinois under the USEPA cancellation order, effective immediately.  Here is the IDA's statement: The EPA’s final cancellation order outlines limited and specific circumstances under which ...more

Spring Nitrogen Webinar

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

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. 

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IFCA's Dan Schaefer & Jason Solberg are putting on #UAN treatments with different rates and timings at the U of I S… https://t.co/uwdfmVaTfG
Illinois drought monitor map for June 25th. The bottom third of Illinois is abnormally dry this week. #illinoishttps://t.co/fgNVwg3Jqy
The @ILAgriculture has released its 2020 Pesticides Container Recycling Program dates. The program accepts only cl… https://t.co/DXrn29pKMk
House Democrats have unveiled a $1.5 trillion #infrastructure bill that includes almost $500 billion of green measu… https://t.co/e9RMUtFx8a
On Friday night, judges in California with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a petition to halt all… https://t.co/WTz3tQQ90s

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IFCA's Dan Schaefer & Jason Solberg are putting on UAN treatments with different rates and timings at the U of I South Farm today. This is a NREC project researching the MRTN # Nitrogen Management system.
Illinois drought monitor map for June 25th. The bottom third of Illinois is abnormally dry this week. #illinois #agriculture #fertilizer #IFCA #Drought #Droughtmonitor #ilagriculture #Crop2020. #plant20
The Illinois Dept of Ag has released its 2020 Pesticides Container Recycling Program dates. The program accepts only clean, dry high density polyethylene plastic agrichemical containers. All caps, label, booklets and foil seals must be removed. IFCA is a sponsor or this program. If you have more questions please IDOA at 217-785-2427 #pesticides #spray20
House Democrats have unveiled a $1.5 trillion #infrastructure bill that includes almost $500 billion of green measures proposed as part of the Investing in a New Vision for the #Environment and Surface #Transportation in #America. Read more here: https://t.co/LWnYxrEvKO
Court Allows EPA Existing Stock Provisions to Remain On Friday, judges in California with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a petition to halt all use of Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax dicamba herbicides. Instead, it will allow farmers to use existing stocks of the dicamba products under specific rules of EPA’s cancellation order. https://bit.ly/2CqQva5

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Stay in Place, but read the latest nitrogen management and rate recommendations from UI here:… https://t.co/UlfooSpSPU
Join us March 20 at 9 am CST for a Spring Nitrogen webinar. 1 CEU in NM for those who participate. This webinar i… https://t.co/q2cBv4oKg3
The risk of phosphorus loss from fields increases when P is applied to frozen or snow-covered soils. The graph her… https://t.co/uKUGNVvcUV
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