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CEU Opportunities for Crop Advisors

One of the impacts of canceled conferences, shows, field days, and meetings has been the shortage of CEU opportunities for Crop Advisors. If you are a Certified Crop Advisor in need of CEU's, or just interested in attending online conferences or webinars providing information impacting our industry, we encourage you to go through the document below that contains information and links to these events.  We will update this list as more opportunities become available.  

COVID Update; Nov 20 Mitigation Plan

The State of Illinois has implemented new covid mitigations effective Nov 20, 2020.  Click the heading above to see the guidelines.  Below are other resources on how essential industries such as agriculture can continue to function.  Contact IFCA with questions.  

Details on Dicamba Registrations and Label Changes

Late in the afternoon of October 27, USEPA announced it has issued new registrations for XtendiMax and Engenia, two dicamba products whose labels were cancelled last July 31, 2020.  The Agency also extended the registration for Tavium; therefore, all these labels now expire in 2025.  No news on the registration for FeXapan yet, but registration for this product would be possible since the XtendiMax registration has been approved.  Corteva will likely provide more information on the status of FeXapan.         The main, new points in the product registrations and labels are outlined below, ...

Emergency Response Reporting Instructions

Fall Nitrogen Guidelines

Final Rules on Farmer NH3 Training Published

New rules in Illinois require farmers or those working on their behalf to be certified in order to transport, apply or work on ammonia equipment.  The rules are posted below.  The IL Dept of Ag will offer on-line training starting in January 2021.  IFCA and IDA plan to offer "train the trainer" classes in early 2021 so that retailers can provide in-person training to customers when the time is right.  Contact IFCA with questions.    

IFCA 2020-2021 Scholarship

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

Illinois MRTN Guide - NEW!   Instructions for IL MRTN Apple App   Video: What is the MRTN?

Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council

New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

There are several important compliance requirements for Illinois ammonia facilities and nurse tanks that go into effect on December 31, 2020. Click below to view the NH3 Rules Compliance Guide or to download the regulations (8 IL Adm Code Part 215).

New Law Removes License Plates on Fertilizer Trailers, Floaters on Jan 1, 2020

New Version of Cover Crop Guide

NREC recently updated its Cover Crop Guide, including more guidance based on research performed on Illinois farms.  Please click on the link provided to read over the new version of the cover crop guide, "Considering Cover Crops? - Let this guide be your guide to success"

New! Pesticide Training & Testing (On-Line and some In-Person Testing)

NH3 Safety Checklist for Growers

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has an informative checklist for growers to serve as a reminder to keep safety in mind when handling anhydrous ammonia.

NTIP Markings for Anhydrous Ammonia Nurse Tanks

There may be some confusion on markings on nurse tanks that are enrolled into the NTIP program.  The DOT-SP 13554 is no longer required as a marking on the side of the nurse tanks.  Click below for examples of current markings that are acceptable and markings that would be considered a violation. 

On-Line Fall Ammonia Safety Training

Paraquat Label Changes & Training Requirements

Paraquat labels in 2020 require anyone who "uses" or applies the products to be certified applicators and also take paraquat label training.  Syngenta explains the requirement in the document below.  To access the on-line paraquat training program, click on the title of this story.  To learn more about classroom training options see the document below.  

Uniform Carrier Registration

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018.  The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.  Additional resources on Worker Protection Standards can be found on IFCA’s website under Regulations.  Feel free to contact IFCA with any questions.    Who is Included in WPS:   ●      &...