The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced they will be extending the application of dicamba to soybean to July 15, 2019. The previous cut-off date was June 30, 2019. To read the IDA's statement on this decision, click here. IDA met last week with ag groups, including IFCA, to discuss the unprecedented late planting season. At the meeting we discussed how the reasons for having a June 30 cut-off still remain, namely: 1) to reduce the number of complaints; 2) to further protect sensitive crops and areas, especially trees, orchards etc. from dicamba exposure; and 3) to be proactive and address the concerns of sensitive crop growers, citizens and environmental groups over the dramatic increase in off-target dicamba symptoms in Illinois. All of these concerns remain and must continue to be addressed to preserve the use of dicamba not just in soybean, but in other crops. IFCA's position was to continue to support the June 30 cut-off for the reasons listed above. IFCA also supports the Department of Agriculture and Director John Sullivan. We know this was not an easy decision for Director Sullivan or for anyone in the ag industry. With that in mind, we also ...more
Click below for resources on how to comply with the WPS which was initially effective on January 2, 2017 but has been temporarily delayed. This regulation applies to ag retailers who employ handlers of pesticides.
Click the document below for the Part 255 Illinois Department of Agriculture containment regulations for the bulk storage and handling of fertilizers and pesticides for commercial, non-commercial and on-farm facilities.
We've been getting calls asking how the new USEPA rules apply to farmers who own their own minibulks. If this is the case, and the farmer asks you to refill their minibulk, the minibulk must meet all the requirements of the new rule including: it must be a DOT approved package, the tank must be on the registrant's approved list of packages, it must have a unique identification number, contain one-way valves or tamper evident devices, and retesting is required every 2.5 years from date of manufacture. The tank must also be properly labeled for the product it contains. If the farmer brings the tank to you for refilling and the one-way valve or tamper evident devices are not intact, proof that the tank was properly cleaned must be provided by the farmer in writing to the refiller, or the refiller needs to clean the tank before filling it. Remember that minibulks that you use in your custom application business are "service containers" and are not subject to this regulation. USEPA has provided an updated powerpoint presentation that provides a good overview of the rule with commonly asked questions. You ...more
Click on the heading to access the instructions for getting a NPDES pesticide permit from Illinois EPA.
Click the heading above for a chart that explains the difference between a "service container" and a "Portable Refillable Container."
Tier II chemical inventory reports and Pesticide Production reports are always due on March 1 of each year. On the Pesticide Production report, even if you don't have any repack gallons to report, you must report "0 gallons." Contact IFCA for assistance.