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

2018 NH3 SAFETY SCHOOLS

February 27 thru March 9th

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Updated Feb 24, 2018

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

February 9 Spring Nitrogen Webinar

Click here to download the slides from the Feb 9, 2018 Spring Nitrogen Webinar:  "Responsible Nitrogen Management in 2018:  Rates, Treatments & Timings" by Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois.  NREC funded the research that provided this information to the industry.  
 
Also click the link directly below for the recording that goes with Dr. Nafziger's Webinar.
 

Uniform Carrier Registration

Click below for a fact sheet on the Uniform Carrier Registration Requirement for Interstate Commercial Motor Vehicles.  

Press Release on Illinois Dicamba Training

IL Dept of Ag and IFCA released a statement on the progress being made on the required training to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2018.  To access a list of dicamba training classes, click here.  

Fall 2017 Nitrogen Webinar Slides

Click here to listen a one hour recorded webinar on Oct 31, 2017 entitled Nitrogen Research Results from UI; funded by NREC.  Click below for the slides.  You can self-report 1 CEU in NM for listening to this webinar. 

Dicamba Stewardship - IFCA BMPs

Click below for the IFCA dicamba BMPs, and the results of the IFCA Ag Retailer Survey on Dicamba Management.  

NREC Cover Crop Guidance Document

A cereal rye cover crop ahead of soybeans is the best way to get started if you are interested in cover crops!  View the PDF file below to check out this new step by step guide from NREC, based on successful cover crop management research.  

4R Field Day Video

Thanks to all the IFCA members who attended the 4R Field Day on Sept 12 in Hammond, IL.  Click the image to see a short video with highlights from the event.

IL CCAs Lead All States on Number of 4R NMS

Click below for a press release announcing the names of the 19 Illinois CCAs who recently achieved the 4R NMS certification.  They join the 45 current 4R NMS in Illinois; IL CCAs lead all states in 4R NMS, more than double any other state.  That's commitment, leadership and stewardship--thanks everyone!

Applicator Training Course

The Applicator Training Course is up and running in Bloomington, IL.  Asmark in collaboration with AGCO developed the course for new applicators with less than five years’ experience.  Click here to see a video of the obstacle course along with information on registering for the course.   http://farmweeknow.com/story-agrichemical-industry-sets-safety-bar-high-new-applicators-5-161200    

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. 

New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

New rules for anhydrous ammonia facilities are effective July 1, 2016.  Click below for the new rules and a compliance guide from IFCA.

Restricted CDL For Transporting Ammonia Nurse Tanks

Click below for the application form to the IL Sec of State to obtain a restricted CDL for transporting ammonia nurse tanks.  

Upcoming Events

IFCA Twitter

GMO corn is safe and even has health benefits, analysis of 6,000 studies concludes. Read more here:… https://t.co/Pki8AIKfxC
IFCA & @ILAgriculture are hosting ammonia safety training next week (Feb 27 - March 9) . It's not to late to sign u… https://t.co/dfwxTyT46e
Don’t Forget - March 1st is the deadline for submitting all SARA Tier II reports. If you haven’t already, make sur… https://t.co/n0aJf9N4t6
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Don’t Forget - March 1st is the deadline for submitting all SARA Tier II reports. If you haven’t already, make sure you file with the State, LEPC and Fire Departments by the deadline.
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Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Find out how corn responded to various N rates in 2017 and how it compared if you had used the MRTN:… https://t.co/svX0EOncgW
Spring 2018 Nitrogen Webinar Link is Here: https://t.co/sDGo2LL4Mu 🙄sorry for the typo! Join us on February 9th f… https://t.co/FT5rclGOzp
Want to know what 4Rs for nitrogen worked best in Illinois in 2017 and can help you improve N utilization in 2018?… https://t.co/2zyOrOgeU8
The Sierra Club and State Treasurer Frerichs attended the IFCA Convention and recognized the 5 year anniversary of… https://t.co/HGAZwqwjbk
How did Illinois corn yields in 2014-2016 perform with various nitrogen rates? Check out the comparisons to the MRT… https://t.co/XRmsIhSW5Q