Legislative Updates Updated April 17, 2014  

Industry Resources

NREC Assessment For Spring Fertilizer

As you sell spring fertilizer this year, the Nutrient Research & Education Council has asked IFCA to encourage our members to place the 75 cent per ton NREC assessment on the fertilizer invoice.  NREC feels very strongly that farmers should be aware that the ag industry is making a significant commitment to fund research, education and outreach programs to increase yields and minimize agriculture’s environmental footprint.  For guidance on...More


Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Awareness Program

IFCA in cooperation with Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Department of Agriculture have developed a new online anhydrous ammonia safety awareness program for farmers. Funded by a grant from the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), the online program consists of five training modules covering Properties and Characteristics of NH3, Proper Personal Protective Equipment, Transportation to and From the Field, Safe Hook-Up in the...More

GMO Food Labeling Fact Sheet

Click below for a one page article from "Scientific American" magazine that explains the consequences of labeling foods that contain GMO ingredients. 
 

Ammonia Technician Course Available

There are still a few seats open this fall for the Asmark Institute's Ammonia Technician Course which is geared toward the needs of facility personnel responsible for maintaining the mechanical integrity of anhydrous ammonia installations.  This first course of its kind will be offered at the Agricenter Training Complex in Bloomington, IL.  The goal of this 3 day long course is to foster a strong preventative maintenance message and prepare participants to return to their...More

Register For The Asmark Professional Applicator Training Course

Online registration is now available for the 2013 Asmark Institute Professional Applicator Training (PAT) course.  The course will be held on March 26, 2013 at the Asmark Institute Agricenter in Bloomington, IL.  Classes can hold up to 30 people and the cost is $220 for pre-registered attendees and $295 for walk-in attendees with lunch provided on location.  If you would like to register employees to attend...More


2011 Applicator Manual Electronic Flyer

Dear Valued Member,

We invite you to review and consider the following special offer available exclusively through our affiliation with the Asmark Institute.

EPA requires a label accompany every pesticide to the end user. ...More


MSDS Books Available

Dear Valued Member,
We invite you to review and consider the following special offer available exclusively through our affiliation with the Asmark Institute.
There are many good sources of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for pesticides, however the unusual or hard-to-get items such oxygen, acetylene, fuels, fertilizers, welding rods, micronutrients,...More

Asmark PAT Course

This year The Asmark Institute launched the Professional Applicator Training (PAT) course which is receiving excellent feedback from those who have attended. This course is taught by Dr. Robert Wolf. Five classes have been offered in Illinois so far with four more scheduled later this summer. This is the first training course of its kind offered specifically for ag retail facilities. Each class holds 30 people, of which all have been filled to capacity so far. Seats are...More

Compliance Assessment Tool - by Asmark

Are you meeting your compliance obligations?
 

Need More Compliance Posters?

IFCA members should have received a set of posters containing product and regulatory information for Worker Protection Standards, Restricted Use Pesticides, and DOT Shipping Information.  Every year The Asmark Institute, in partnership with IFCA, sends one complimentary set of posters to every IFCA member.  If you need more posters or did not receive them, please contact Kevin or Leslie at the IFCA office to order additional posters. 
 

Illinois Agronomy Handbook Fall N Chapter

Click here to see the updated fall N recommendations in the 24th Edition of the Illinois Agronomy Handbook. 

To order the complete 24th edition of the Illinois Agronomy Handbook, call 1-800-345-6087 or visit the Publication Plus website (https://pubsplus.uiuc.edu/C1394.html). The price is $35.

 
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Professional Applicator Training

Click below to view the course description and register for the Asmark Institute Professional Applicator Training (PAT) taught by Dr. Robert Wolf. 
 
 

New Nutrient Stewardship Brochure on the 4R's

Click here for a color brochure on the 4Rs for proper nutrient application:  Right Source, Right Time, Right Place, Right Rate
 
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TFI Press Release on Corn Production & Fertilizer Use

 

IFCA and TFI Issue Papers on Fertilizer

 

Tier II Reports and Pesticide Production Reports

Just a quick reminder, Tier II reports and Pesticide Production reports are due March 1, 2012. Don't forget to attach a current MSDS for products reported on your Tier II. IEMA is under a court order following a lawsuit to require current MSDS when submitting a Tier II report.

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Asmark Institute Training Complex

The Asmark Institute today announced plans to construct a new training complex in Bloomington, IL to host its Ammonia Technician Course and a series of new courses designed for grain facilities.  Bloomington, IL is centrally-located within the United States and offers several advantages, especially to the agricultural industry.  The 26,000 square foot complex is expected to host a wide variety of meetings with its unique design and capability to accommodate equipment used...More


Reporting NH3 Releases

IFCA recently met with Illinois EPA regarding anhydrous ammonia releases over the past two years.  IEPA and IDA report that NH3 releases at stationary storage locations are down but field of application releases are slightly higher.  Once an anhydrous ammonia release has been reported to IEPA, they will then send an Incident Inquiry Letter (IIL) to the responsible party requesting a detailed description of the incident and cause.  It is extremely important to respond...More

Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Video For Farmers

This video is designed to provide farmers with safety information related to handling, transportation, application, first aid and emergency response as it pertains to anhydrous ammonia.

 

Facts about Pesticides & ADHD Report

Click here to see the full story and facts about the report about pesticide exposure and ADHD in children.  
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Wind Energy Contracts

Click here for a document that lists questions to ask when reviewing contracts for wind energy towers. 
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All facilities that register and submit Top-Screen information to DHS must also complete Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) training.  This consists of an an online training module which takes approximately twenty minutes to complete.  Click on this link to access the CVI training module, complete the training and print a certificate of completion. 

New Pesticide Container & Containment Regulations

Click on this link to view a brochure outlining the upcoming USEPA pesticide container and containment regulations. 
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Click this link to visit the TFI homepage including access to the my RMP program. 

Click this link to visit the AASA homepage. 

Click this link to visit the NAEHSS homepage. 

Click this link to visit the AI homepage.