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2023 IFCA Convention Schedule of Events

Convention 2023
The 2023 IFCA Convention is focused on providing you with information to make positive decisions for your business.   We are offering educational programs on agronomy, safety, business-related issues and required training for pesticide application and anhydrous ammonia certification. IFCA’s trade show is also one of the best in the country, so don’t miss this annual opportunity to acquire educational credits, network within the industry and enjoy the hospitality at the IFCA Convention.
Attention Retail Location Managers – Give your applicators a day away from the shop and relieve some of those wintertime blues.  IFCA has added an applicator session on the morning of Thursday, January 19 to the Convention schedule.  Registrants will start their day with a hot breakfast and a chance to walk around the tradeshow floor.  They will then make their way to the classroom where they will listen to professionals in the industry speak on nozzles, spray drift, applicator safety, and equipment cleanout.
Scroll down the page for the program schedule. 
Questions about registration or the program,
contact Leslie Forest by email or call (309) 827-2774.
January 17th
CCA Session, Room 400 • 8:30 am - 4:45 pm (lunch provided*)
Moderated by Kevin Johnson
This session offers 7 CEU's
7:30am - 3:45pm On-site registration Conference Registration Desk
8:30am What a Year:  Crops and Soil Fertility in 2022 Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois
9:30am Introducing Giovani Preza Fontes, Field Crop Extension Agronomist, U of I Giovani Preza Fontes, University of Illinois
10:00am BREAK
10:15am The Use of Adjuvants to Improve Pesticide Effectiveness  Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue University
11:15am Illinois Ag Retail Survey KJ Johnson, IFCA
11:45am LUNCH
12:30pm Management of Important Diseases of Soybean & Wheat Dr. Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky
1:30pm Agricultural Law Update on Pesticides and Endangered Species Act Harrison Pittman, The National Agricultural Law Center
2:30pm BREAK
2:45pm Carbon Markets and the 2023 Farm Bill Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois
3:45pm Updating Phosphorus Recommendations for Illinois Corn-Soybean Production Systems Dr. Andrew Margenot, University of Illinois
January 17th
Regulatory Session, Room 402/403 • 12:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Moderated by John Rebholz
This session offers 3.5 CEU's
11:45am LUNCH  
12:15pm H2A Workers Malcohm Smith, U.S. Department of Labor
1:15pm NH3: Understanding, Avoiding & Mediating Risks Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue University
2:00pm RMP Update Dustin Warder, Asmark Institute
2:45pm Pesticide Update Brad Beaver, Illinois Dept. of Agriculture
3:15pm BREAK
3:30pm ELDT Matt Wells, Mid-West Truckers Association
4:15pm NH3 Update, 2022 Overview Jeff Squibb, Illinois Department of Agriculture
4:45pm ADJOURN
4:45 - 6:00pm IFCA Welcome Reception (new location) Peoria Civic Center - TradeShow Floor
(everyone is welcome!)
January 18th
Training & General Sessions • All Sessions at Peoria Civic Center
7:00am - 5:00pm On-site registration open Conference Registration Desk
Ag Solve Breakfast & Legislative Program
Room 401
Patrick Pfingsten, The Illinoize
Pesticide General Standards Training
Room 402/403
Testing in all categories at 1:00 pm
9:00am IFCA Annual Meeting Financial Report, Update, Scholarships
Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training
Room 404
John Rebholz and Jason Solberg, IFCA
Shane Pruett, IDA
10:00am Industry Perspective Panel
Sean McCarty - Helena
Jeff Blackwood - BASF
Adam Herges - Mosaic
11:00am Keynote Address: A Crisis Leadership Presentation - 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker; 9/11/01: The White House Lt. Col. Robert J Darling, Retired United States Marine Corps
1:00pm Pesticide Testing in All Categories
11:30am TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS Lunch Served from 11:30am - 1:30pm
3:45pm Live Auction for Ag-Solve Refreshments Provided!
January 19th
Trade Show 7:30 am – 10:00 am • Educational Sessions - Room 402/403
This session offers 3.0 CEU's
7:30am TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS Breakfast on show floor served from 7:30 - 9:00am
8:30am 2023 Links Between US and International Fertilizer Trade B.K. Morris; CRU Group
9:20am Trucking, Rail & Barge Transportation Panel
Kirby Wagner - GROWMARK, Inc.
Peter Skosey - BNSF Railway
Tom Torretti - Consolidated Grain & Barge Co.
10:20am BREAK
10:35am NEW Employee Scheduling Mandates & Effective Employee Retention Tools Jeff Risch, Amundsen Davis LLC
11:25am Endangered Species Act and Some Examples of Impacts on Pesticides Bill Chism, USEPA
January 19th
Applicator Training, Room 404, 7:30 am - 12:15 pm
Moderated by John Rebholz
This session offers 2.0 CEU's
7:30am TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS Breakfast on show floor served from 7:30 - 9:00am
8:00am Nozzles Dr. Bryan Young, Purdue University
9:45am Spray Drift
Dr. Bill Simmons, University of Illinois
10:30am BREAK
10:45am Applicator Safety Dan Schaefer, IFCA
11:30am Equipment Cleanout Dr. Bryan Young, Purdue University