We were very saddened to learn that IFCA member Mark Kessinger, co-owner of Chatsworth Ag passed away this week after a battle with cancer. Mark was always present at IFCA events and a strong believer in the value of the ag retailer to the industry as a whole. He was a great guy and will be greatly missed. Mark was just 52, an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf at the El Paso Country Club, Pontiac Elks and participated in the IFCA golf outings. He was a member of the El Paso-Gridley Athletic Booster Club where he served on the board of directors from 2005-2012. He also served as a scorekeeper for away games for the boy's basketball team. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in El Paso. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 3-8 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Please keep Mark's family and fellow employees in your thoughts and prayers. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Center of Peoria, IL ...more
Mark your calendar for the upcoming IFCA Winter Convention & Tradeshow. The dates for the 2014 show are January 20-22 at the Peoria Convetion Center. The Pere Marquette Hotel has also completed renovations thereby making it available once again.
Mark your calendars for the 2014 IFCA Winter Convention and Tradeshow. The dates of the show are January 20-22, 2014 at the Peoria Convention Center. The Pere Marquette hotel has completed renovations thereby making the hotel available for the convention.
Don't forget to mark your calendar for MAGIE 2013. The dates for MAGIE this year are August 21-22, 2013 held once again at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, IL. Registration forms will go out after the Fourth of July with online registration availble July 1, 2013.
Longtime IFCA member, Paul Davis, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013. A forty year carreer in the industry, Paul worked for Ciba Geigy and Wyffel Hybrids retiring in 2005. Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 a.m. today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society-Hope Lodge, 411 Second Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901.
Yesterday afternoon the Illinois Senate passed HB 2273 on a 52-0 vote. Earlier in the session, the Illinois House passed the same bill on a 109-0 vote. HB 2273 clarifies the original Weights & Measures Act which has been interpreted at different IFCA member locations throughout the state. IFCA expects this bill will better clarify the act which has been a top priority for IFCA in Springfield this session. Major changes in the bill include: • The word “new” is deleted so all scales are required to meet Handbook 44 performance requirements for the scale • Sets the date of July 1, 2012, by which if a scale has previously been certified by Illinois Department of Agriculture then a Certificate of Conformance (COC) is not required, nor do the construction or installation requirements in 600.300 of the Weights & Measures Act apply • Requires a new serial/identification plate if it is missing for registration and tracking purposes. IFCA is ...more
The Illinois Vehicle Code considers floaters an implement of husbandry and therefore exempt from the commercial motor vehicle regulations (including the CDL requirements) but only if the floaters weigh less than 36,000 lbs--loaded or unloaded. Even if you have a license plate on your floater to enable you to take a load to the field you cannot exceed 36,000 lbs or you lose the exemption and then your driver needs a CDL, pre and post-trip inspection reports, etc. We realize that floaters get bigger every year but please keep this in mind. You also cannot exceed 30 mph on public roadways or exceed 12 feet in width. The Illinois State Police love their portable scales so please be cognizant of the implement of husbandry criteria. For a more detailed explanation of this definition go to the Regulations section of our website and click on DOT.