Today, October 13, USEPA announced and issued new labels for the three approved over the top dicamba herbicide formulations for soybeans: Engenia, XtendiMax and FeXapan. Click here to see the USEPA news release. The new label requirements are extensive and seek to address the issues determined in 2017 that led to symptomology in sensitive soybeans and other sensitive crops. The changes include: 1. Classifying these three products as Restricted Use Pesticides; in addition the certified private and commercial applicators and operators must complete specific training on these product labels prior to performing an in-crop application. 2. Specific recordkeeping requirements for the following items: name of applicator; applicator certification #; product name; USEPA registration number; total amount applied; application month, day and year; location of the application; crop or site receiveing the application; proof of training; time of the application; receipts of the product purchase; a copy of the product label; documentation of the date that the applicator checked a sensitive crop registry or surveyed the neighboring fields; documentation of spray system cleanout; a list of the tank mix products used; the start and finish times ...more
EPA will extend the deadline to meet requirements of its new farmworker protection standard until guidance and training materials are ready to help state agencies implement the changes. Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, announced the extension in a May 11 letter to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. “After careful evaluation, the EPA believes it appropriate to grant your request to extend the implementation of all revised provisions to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) until the necessary guidance and training have been completed which would allow state lead pesticide agencies to successfully implement the rule changes,” Cleland-Hamnett said. The extension goes into effect until January 02, 2018. Click Here to read 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.