Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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IFCA Items of Interest: Remembering Harry Melton, Dicamba Complaint Update, MAGIE, Fall Ammonia Schools

IFCA Remembers Industry Pioneer Harry Melton
Harry “Corky” Melton passed away on August 8 at the age of 87.  Harry was the founder of Tri County Chemical in Eldorado, IL, creating the business in 1956 and it continues today as a family owned business providing agricultural inputs and services in Southern Illinois.  A 1953 graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Agronomy, he also served in the Army as an artillery instructor.  After the service he worked for Allied Chemical and was one of the pioneers in helping bring liquid nitrogen fertilizers to the forefront to improve crop production.  Harry served as the President of the National Fertilizer Solutions Organization in 1966, and later founded the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation to continue research and education in the fluid fertilizer industry.
Harry lived a remarkable life—one truly dedicated to the industry and there’s no question he contributed substantially to the growth of the fertilizer industry not just in Illinois but in the US.  To see the full tribute to his life click here
IFCA sends our condolences to Harry’s family and to the employees of Tri County Chemical; we are honored to remember him for his dedication to the development and success of our industry.
Dicamba Complaint Update

As of Friday, August 8, the IL Dept of Ag has now processed 366 complaints where dicamba is suspected as causing symptomology in non-target plants.  Last year the dicamba-related complaints topped out at 330. IDA reports they continue to take phone calls this week and also continue to process complaints, so we don’t know yet what the final number will be.  IFCA appreciates the input from our retail members, whose main concern is what they feel is disproportionate scrutiny and potential liability on them as the investigation processes begin, despite their attention to the management of this product.  Many suggest, that we, as an industry, decide what the plan will be for 2020 for this technology; if more changes are warranted or a different application window, management practices, etc. are in order, then these intentions need to be discussed soon and determined before year-end so that appropriate planning can take place for the 2020 season.  The IFCA Board of Directors and staff will formulate steps to take with all parties to be as proactive as possible on this issue.  This is certainly not the outcome we had hoped for in 2019 but we will continue to do our best to find common ground and offer productive solutions to manage this technology.   
MAGIE is next week August 21-22, 2019 at the McLean County Fairgrounds.  Click here to be directed to the MAGIE information, including list of exhibitors and registration.  The pre-registration cost is $12 per person.  
 Anyone at your facility that works with ammonia or ammonia equipment must be certified at least once every 3 years as a competent attendant.  The IFCA and IDA fall ammonia schools begin in September.  To see the dates, locations and to register on-line, click here.