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Updated Oct 3, 2023

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Tell Congress that Potash and Phosphate ARE Critical Minerals

Congress is currently considering legislation to add potash and phosphate to the critical minerals list, a list held by the U.S. Geological Survey that designates minerals of high importance for America’s supply chains, consumer needs, and national security. Once a substance is listed as a critical mineral, a single agency is assigned to permit applications and is responsible for coordinating with all ...more

Cover Crop Directories

ISAP’s Cover Crop Dealer Directory lists seed dealers and service providers (e.g. custom seeding) across Illinois. The Directory is available as a free download from ISAP's website:   (click the green button to download a pdf version, or choose the "live" link to access a Google Sheet that can be filtered and sorted)  &...more

Corteva Chlorpyrifos Return Policy

Corteva Agriscience is announcing a return and credit process for channel-owned inventory of chlorpyrifos brands. In August 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would revoke all tolerances for Chlorpyrifos, which establishes the amount of a pesticide that is allowed on food. The Final Rule was effective October 29, 2021, with tolerances for all commodities expiring on February 28, 2022. Please click here to view ...more

IFCA "News Under the Dome" End of Session Report

IFCA had another successful year at the Illinois state capitol this spring session. We were able to hold off any harmful legislation that might directly affect the industry negatively.  Below are some of the most important legislations that IFCA was monitoring this spring session. A total of 6,689 pieces of legislation were introduced in both the House and Senate this spring, 565 passed both chambers: ...more

Foods Safety Groups Want Dicamba Registration Pulled

Food safety groups asked a federal judge in Arizona at the end of April to vacate the dicamba registrations of Bayer's XtendiMax herbicide, BASF's Engenia and Syngenta's Tavium, in an ongoing legal battle that could determine how or if the products can be used. The case is unlikely to affect the dicamba's availability for the upcoming growing season, because briefing schedules ...more

Wheel, Axle Loads and Gross Weights

Please be aware that during spring planting season and fall harvest, Illinois State Police will be setting up portable scales. Most recently we received notification from our members that had received fines related to exceeding axle limits. All roads in Illinois have standardized weight limits based on the Federal Bridge Formula. The Federal bridge formula allows 20,000# per single axle, 34,000# per tandem axle, ...more

Spring 2023 IFCA Newsletter

Click the heading above to read the Spring 2023 IFCA Newsletter.

IFCA’s Best Management Practices (BMP) to Reduce Spray Drift This Spring Season

IFCA understands the pressure our industry faces this spring when planters start rolling and weather conditions are not ideal. It is important that we remain focused on implementing good stewardship practices while preventing legislative proposals and additional regulations. The public is watching us very closely!   These recommendations for spraying should be practiced to accomplish effective spray applications in the field according to label ...more

Reminder About Custom Blending Regulations

This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent out a Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Compliance Advisory regarding custom blending. This encompasses blending pesticides with other pesticides, pesticides with fertilizer, and pesticides with feed.   There are no new regulations, but it is meant to clarify the existing regulations for those who custom blend. The information is below:   Definition: A custom ...more

UI Crop Central Update: Thinking About Crop Emergence

Click the heading above to read Dr. Nafziger and Dr. Preza-Fontes' latest Crop Central article, which covers crop emergence, temperature and emergence uniformity and whether these variables impact yield.

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Last Fall Anhydrous Ammonia in-person training in Bloomington this morning. If you missed the fall in-person training you can still access our On-line NH3 Temporary Training.
Wrapping up Fall Ammonia Safety training week in Rock Falls this morning. If you missed the training, one more remaining class will be held in Bloomington October 02 at the Asmark Agricenter. You can still register at:
Galesburg Ammonia Safety training today. Brett Langley with IDOA goes over proper installation of the NH3 break-away coupler on application equipment.
Ammonia Safety Training in Chatham today. John Rebholz with IFCA is presenting information on NH3 transportation & application safety.