Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Updated Apr 9, 2020

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COVID 19 Resources for IFCA Members

The Illinois "stay at home" order is effective until April 30.  Essential industries and activities are exempt, including agriculture.  IFCA summarized the issues in a short FAQ below.  We have also posted many other guidance documents including the various DOT waivers, IDA pesticide licensing FAQ, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Sec of State information, etc.  Please check back ...more

On-Line Certified Applicator Exam Instructions

The Illinois Department of Ag has an on-line testing option for persons to become newly certified applicators in 2020 for those who did not have the opportunity to test before the testing was cancelled.  There is no fee for this on-line exam.    For our industry, persons needing only to become operators (pass general standards) do not need to test in general standards this ...more

Spring Nitrogen Webinar

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.

Remaining Pesticide Training & Testing Sites Cancelled - Licenses Extended

The Illinois Dept of Agriculture and the UI Extension announced late yesterday that they have cancelled all the pesticide applicator training and testing clinics for the remainder of the clinic session.  You also cannot schedule or walk-in to take applicator exams at the Springfield of Dekalb IDA offices until further notice.  UI will contact all those who registered for the clinics and will ...more

Paraquat Label Changes & Training Requirements

Paraquat labels in 2020 require anyone who "uses" or applies the products to be certified applicators and also take paraquat label training.  Syngenta explains the requirement in the document below.  To access the on-line paraquat training program, click on the title of this story.  To learn more about classroom training options see the document below.  

Illinois Dicamba Labels 2020

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

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

Uniform Carrier Registration

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. 

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If you missed the 2020 Spring Nitrogen Webinar, click on the link to watch the recording of the webinar: https://bit.ly/2UuNV8h The slides presented by Dr. Nafziger during the webinar are here: https://bit.ly/2UeJ8c0. You may self-report 1 CEU in NM for listening to the webinar.
Who knows when you'll be able to go to a meeting to get CEUs. Join us at 9 am this morning for 1 NM credit to learn about spring N management. Register for the webinar here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8407617277576437249
March 20 Webinar on Spring N Management Ok, here is some good news! You can stay at your office or home this Friday, March 20, and receive 1 CEU in Nutrient Management plus guidance on how to manage nitrogen in Spring 2020. NREC research continues to give us timely and tested results on corn response to nitrogen and how to best utilize this nutrient to assure agronomic results and reduce water quality concerns. The Spring Nitrogen Management webinar is scheduled for 9 am Central Time. To register click here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8407617277576437249

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Stay in Place, but read the latest nitrogen management and rate recommendations from UI here:… https://t.co/UlfooSpSPU
Join us March 20 at 9 am CST for a Spring Nitrogen webinar. 1 CEU in NM for those who participate. This webinar i… https://t.co/q2cBv4oKg3
The risk of phosphorus loss from fields increases when P is applied to frozen or snow-covered soils. The graph her… https://t.co/uKUGNVvcUV
Wondering about the timing of fall applied nitrogen? Today Dr. Nafziger at the University of Illinois published a… https://t.co/9e7yYxDKGd
Ready to sidedress late planted corn? Get fresh advice on N source and rate from UI in this June 7 Bulletin: https://t.co/zIlop76INg