Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
Supply · Service · Stewardship
To assist and represent the crop production supply and service industry while promoting the sound stewardship and utilization of agricultural inputs.

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Updated Apr 21, 2021

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CEU Opportunities for Crop Advisors

One of the impacts of canceled conferences, shows, field days, and meetings has been the shortage of CEU opportunities for Crop Advisors. If you are a Certified Crop Advisor in need of CEU's, or just interested in attending online conferences or webinars providing information impacting our industry, we encourage you to go through the document below that contains information and ...more

Final Rules on Farmer NH3 Training Published

New rules in Illinois require farmers or those working on their behalf to be certified in order to transport, apply or work on ammonia equipment.  The rules, frequently asked questions and qualifcations for trainers are below.  Contact IFCA with questions.    

IL Dicamba 24a Label Requirements for 2021

Pesticide Training & Testing (On-Line and In-Person Testing)

The UI and IDA are offering on-line training and testing, with the opportunity for some in-person testing.  Click on the heading above to be directed to the UI's Pesticide Training & Testing website for more information about training/testing opportunities.  

Getting Nitrogen Right Spring Webinar

IFCA Winter 2021 Newsletter

Vaccine Rollout for 1B Essential Workers - Steps to Follow

IFCA has been in contact with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) regarding the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to ag essential workers.  Ag essential workers are in Phase 1B of the state's plan.  IEMA informed IFCA that Phase 1B for essential workers will begin on January 25th.    Based on our conversations with IEMA, IFCA recommends you take these ...more

COVID Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

With the rollout of the COVID vaccines, the Illinois Department of Public Health created a "Frequently Asked Questions" document.  Within the document you will find answers to questions regarding vaccine availability, requirements/mandates, safety, and other common questions.  Please click the PDF below to learn more.

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

NH3 Safety Checklist for Growers

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has an informative checklist for growers to serve as a reminder to keep safety in mind when handling anhydrous ammonia.

Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council

New Version of Cover Crop Guide

NREC recently updated its Cover Crop Guide, including more guidance based on research performed on Illinois farms.  Please click on the link provided to read over the new version of the cover crop guide, "Considering Cover Crops? - Let this guide be your guide to success"

New Law Removes License Plates on Fertilizer Trailers, Floaters on Jan 1, 2020

New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

There are several important compliance requirements for Illinois ammonia facilities and nurse tanks that go into effect on December 31, 2020. Click below to view the NH3 Rules Compliance Guide or to download the regulations (8 IL Adm Code Part 215).

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018.  The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.  Additional resources on Worker ...more

Uniform Carrier Registration

NTIP Markings for Anhydrous Ammonia Nurse Tanks

There may be some confusion on markings on nurse tanks that are enrolled into the NTIP program.  The DOT-SP 13554 is no longer required as a marking on the side of the nurse tanks.  Click below for examples of current markings that are acceptable and markings that would be considered a violation. 

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Anhydrous #ammonia is being applied around the state, and #farmers working around and with #anhydrous should keep…
Kevin “KJ” Johnson was named Interim President and CEO of the Bloomington-based Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Asso…
Following a 23-year stint at the @ilfertchem, President Jean Payne has officially stepped down. In a farewell email…
IFCA President Jean Payne talks to @maxarmstrong with This Week in Agribusiness about #anhydrous #ammonia safety,…
IFCA Jean Payne reflects on her career with RFD Radio's Jim Taylor. This interview originally aired on RFD. List…


Anhydrous ammonia is being applied around the state, and farmers working around and with anhydrous should keep safety practices in mind. Here are some safety reminders from IFCA. #Fertilizer #nh3 #nitrogen #agretailers
Kevin “KJ” Johnson was named Interim President and CEO of the Bloomington-based Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association (IFCA) Thursday. Johnson succeeds Jean Payne who retired March 31.
IFCA staff enjoyed one last staff lunch with Jean on her final day with IFCA.
Following a 23-year stint at the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association , President Jean Payne has officially stepped down. In a farewell email to the industry, Payne thanked everyone for making her stay at the trade association so memorable.
IFCA President Jean Payne talks to Max Armstrong with This Week in Agribusiness about anhydrous ammonia safety, water quality issues and climate change. Watch the interview here:

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Stay in Place, but read the latest nitrogen management and rate recommendations from UI here:…
Join us March 20 at 9 am CST for a Spring Nitrogen webinar. 1 CEU in NM for those who participate. This webinar i…
The risk of phosphorus loss from fields increases when P is applied to frozen or snow-covered soils. The graph her…
Wondering about the timing of fall applied nitrogen? Today Dr. Nafziger at the University of Illinois published a…
Ready to sidedress late planted corn? Get fresh advice on N source and rate from UI in this June 7 Bulletin: