Dicamba Training Begins This Week in Illinois
The first dicamba training class in Illinois begins this afternoon at 3:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, IL, following the private applicator clinic that is also offered there today. Most of the registrants for this event are farmers, and as of today 80 have signed up for the training.
There are many future opportunities for training listed on the Illinois Dicamba Training website that was developed by IFCA. For our members, we have training scheduled on all 3 days of the IFCA convention on January 16-18, 2018 at the Peoria Civic Center. The CCA convention and the University of Illinois Crop Management Conferences will also offer training opportunities. Those events do not appear on the training website since they are offered for those persons who register to attend those conferences. You will receive information on the IFCA Conference in the mail shortly. However, anyone can sign up for any of the classes listed on the training website, we just ask you to pre-register so that we can plan accordingly at each venue.
We will continue to add venues to the training website as companies volunteer to host training. Martin Sullivan John Deere, for example, has offered training at three locations in late January. Ag retailers are welcome to host training classes either in-house for your employees and customers, or you can allow others to join your training program by agreeing to list the event on the training website. Just contact any of the staff at IFCA if you have questions or want to host an event, we can help you secure an instructor.
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and the Resources section on the training website for more information about this regulatory requirement for anyone who plans to apply dicamba on soybeans in Illinois in 2018, or call our office for assistance.