Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Indicators of Suspicious Purchasing Behavior - Report to IFCA

New customer who is not from local area. Refusing to provide address where fertilizer will be used or delivered.   Acting nervous or impatient. Possessing little knowledge of crops, soil composition, field size, application methods, or fertilizers. Purchasing large quantity of pesticides, combustibles, or fertilizers containing ammonium nitrate out of season or with cash. Appearing to be interested only in ammonium nitrate; displaying no interest in alternative fertilizers or fertilizer combinations. Seeking chemicals with weight in excess of fertilizer distributor capacity. Making suspicious inquiries regarding equipment (e.g., tank size, spray range). Asking about acquiring vehicles equipped for spraying or hauling (e.g., crop dusters, crop sprayers, fuel tankers). Failing to state legitimate agricultural use for product. Storing agricultural supplies in unusual containers. Using a rental vehicle or a vehicle with an out-of-state or temporary license plate to transport items such as fertilizers containing ammonium nitrate (particularly 34-0-0) or other combustible materials in large proportions. Using cash for large transactions or a credit card in someone else’s name. It is important to remember that just because someone’ s speech, actions, eliefs, appearance, or way of life is different, it does not mean that he or ...more

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Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) FAQ

Click on the heading to link to the Coast Guard's TWIC information website.  

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CVI Training Required For Chemical Facilities

Chemical facilities that registered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must also complete Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) training.  Any information or correspondence from DHS relating to the Chemical of Interest (COI) at your facility such as anhydrous ammonia or ammonium nitrate, which required facilities to register with DHS, must also be marked as CVI and be viewed by persons who also have completed CVI training.  The training is available online and takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.  Once the training is complete, you can print off a certificate of completion that states you are an authorized CVI user.  To access the online training, click on the heading above.  

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