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2020 IFCA Convention Schedule of Events

Convention 2020 - Focusing on our Future
The 2020 IFCA Convention is focused on providing you with information to make positive decisions for your business, for the future! We are offering educational programs on agronomy, safety, business-related issues and required training for pesticide application, dicamba 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.
Scroll down the page for the program schedule. 
Questions about registration or the program,
contact Leslie Forest by email or call (309) 827-2774.
Tuesday, January 21st CCA Session, Room 400 • 8:30 am - 4:15 pm (lunch provided*)
Moderated by Jean Payne
7:30am - 3:45pm On-site registration Conference Registration Desk
8:30am 2019 Weed Management in Tennessee: We Have a Problem Dr. Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee
9:30am The New Era of Herbicide Resistance--and You Thought the Last Era was Difficult Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois
10:30am BREAK  
10:45am Nitrogen Responses in the Unusual 2019 Season Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois
11:45am LUNCH  
12:30pm Electricity: Keeping Applicators and Facilities Safe & Sound Steve Hancock, Corn Belt Energy
1:30pm New Data on Sources & Scope of Nutrient Loss in Tile Drained Systems Lowell Gentry, University of Illinois
2:30pm BREAK  
Soil Testing & Interpretation – Peering Behind the Curtain; 4R Update Dr. John Jones, FAR
STAR Program—Documenting Nutrient & Sustainability Practices Bruce Henrikson
4:15pm ADJOURN  
Tuesday, January 21st Regulatory Session, Room 402 • 10:00 am - 4:15 pm (lunch provided*)
Moderated by John Rebholz
10:00am USDOT Hazmat Regulations & Programs Dan Richards, PHMSA
10:45am Homeland Security – the CFATS Program Chad Finin, DHS
11:15am RMP Audits – Concerns Noted During Inspections Silvia Palomo, Region 5 USEPA
11:45am LUNCH  
12:30pm Electricity: Keeping Applicators and Facilities Safe & Sound Steve Hancock, Corn Belt Energy
1:40pm CDL Licenses, Entry Level Training & Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Kevin Duesterhaus, IL SOS
2:30pm BREAK  
Slips, Trips & Fall Standards & Enforcement Emphasis Brian Bothast, OSHA
Ammonia Issues & the December 31, 2020 Compliance Requirements Jeff Squibb, Illinois Department of Agriculture
4:15pm ADJOURN  
5:00 - 6:00pm IFCA Welcome Reception Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette
(everyone is welcome!)
Wednesday, January 22nd Training & General Sessions • All Sessions at Peoria Civic Center
7:00am - 10:30am On-site registration open Conference Registration Desk
7:15am Ag Solve Breakfast & Legislative Program Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse
8:00am Pesticide General Standards Training Testing in all categories at 1:00 pm
9:00am Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training  
8:30am 2019 – Pesticide Misuse at Historic Levels, What Comes Next? Doug Owens, Illinois Department of Agriculture
9:30am BREAK  
9:45am IFCA Annual Meeting Financial Report, IFCA Activities Update, Scholarships
10:45am Keynote Address: Last Man Down – A Story of Survival Fire Chief Richard Piciotto
1:00pm Pesticide Testing in All Categories  
2:00pm Dicamba Label Training for 2020 Certification Dr. Bill Simmons
11:45am TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS Lunch Served from 11:45am - 1:30pm
3:45pm Live Auction for Ag-Solve Refreshments Provided!
Thursday, January 23rd Trade Show 7:30 – 10:00 am • Educational Sessions in Room 400
7:30am TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS Breakfast on show floor served from 7:30 - 9:00am
9:00am The “Basis” of Fertilizer Risk Management Jared Morgan, INTL FCStone
9:45am Marijuana in Illinois – Protecting Your Company and Your Employees Jay Shattuck, Shattuck & Associates
10:30am BREAK  
10:45am The Beach Park Ammonia Incident – Aftermath and Future of Ammonia Training John Rebholz, IFCA