Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Upcoming Training: Field Crop, Ammonia, Spring Nutrient Webinar, Watershed Meeting

There are several training opportunities available for our members, to help you prepare you for spring 2019.  They are:
IFCA & IDA Anhydrous Ammonia Training:  Classes begin this week, with the first class in Marion tomorrow (Feb 26).  There are still openings in many of the classes in order for you to receive your Competent Attendant Certification to safely handle anhydrous ammonia.  Click here to see the list of available classes and to register:
Meeting the Challenge of Spring Fertilizer Management - March 1 Webinar:  Click here to register for this free webinar at 8:30 am central time:  We will offer 1 CEU in nutrient management.  Dr. Emerson Nafziger will discuss what the nutrient research from 2018 and previous years tells us in terms of planning for optimum nutrient utilization of N, P and K in light of the compressed spring season ahead.   IFCA extends thanks to NREC for funding the research that makes this webinar so timely, and to GROWMARK for hosting the webinar.  We will also record and post a link to the webinar after it is complete.  
Field Crop Training March 11:  There is one more opportunity to get training to prepare you for the field crop exam.  IFCA is offering a class taught by Dr. Bill Simmons from 9 to noon on Monday, March 11 at the Asmark Agricenter in Bloomington, IL.  Lunch will be provided and at 1 pm that afternoon, IDA will be on hand to provide testing in field crops and all other license categories.  There is a $60 charge to attend the training and lunch, but testing is free and anyone can show up at 1 pm to take any exam(s).  To register for the Field Crop training, click here:   You also must complete dicamba specific training to apply dicamba to soybean.  To see the dicamba training events, click here:
Lake Springfield Watershed Meeting:  On March 5 in Auburn, IL at the Holy Cross Hall, the Lake Springfield partners are having a watershed information meeting.  The meeting runs from 8:30 am to Noon.  Guest speakers are Dr. Jerry Hatfield from the USDA research center in Ames, IA and Dr. Laura Keefer from the State Water Survey.  There will be 1.5 hours in SW offered at this meeting.  Click here to see the flyer and to RSVP to the meeting.  Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices.