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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 Resources

COVID Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

With the rollout of the COVID vaccines, the Illinois Department of Public Health created a "Frequently Asked Questions" document.  Within the document you will find answers to questions regarding vaccine availability, requirements/mandates, safety, and other common questions.  Please click the PDF below to learn more.

Crop Bulletin: Wet Soils and Corn

Dicamba: Illinois Nature Preserves Commission Sites

Click the heading above to be redirected to IDNR's webpage, which displays the nature preserves commission sites.  Applications of dicamba OTT to soybean cannot be made if the wind is blowing towards an adjacent field that is considered a nature preserves commision site.

Emergency Response Reporting Instructions

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, frequently asked questions and qualifcations for trainers are below.  Contact IFCA with questions.    

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Getting Nitrogen Right Spring Webinar

IDOA Pesticide Registration Tool

Need to check the registration status of a particular pesticide product?  Simply click the title heading to be redirected to the Illinois Department of Agriculture's website.  There you can type in the name of a product into the search feature to view results such as the registration number/status, active ingredients, expiration date, as well as other important information.  

IDOA Updates Dicamba "Frequently Asked Questions" Document

The Illinois Department of Agriculture issued a "Frequently Asked Questions" document detailing the specific requirments, both old and new, regarding the use of Xtendimax, Engenia and Tavium OTT on soybean for the upcoming 2021 season.  Click the title heading to view this document.

IFCA Winter 2021 Newsletter

IL Dicamba 24a Label Requirements for 2021

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"

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. 

Pesticide Clean Sweep Program

Not sure what to do with unwanted or unknown pesticides found in your shed?  The IL Dept of Ag "Clean Sweep" program was created as a way to safely dispose of these pesticides.  There is no charge to bring these unwanted pesticides to the Clean Sweep event, but you must pre-register with and be approved of by IDA prior to bringing any pesticides.  Please click the heading for more information on the program.

Pesticide Container Recycling Program

IDA's 2021 Pesticide Container Recycling Program begins July 22nd in southern IL counties and travels upstate through August 11th.  The program consists of single-day collection sites at agrichemical facilities for which people can bring their empty, rinsed plastic pesticide containers.  Please click the heading to view the site-collection schedule and general information on the program.

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

The UI and IDA are offering on-line training and testing, with the opportunity for some in-person testing.  Click on the heading above to be directed to the UI's Pesticide Training & Testing website for more information about training/testing opportunities.  

Restricted B Drivers Not Required to Take ELDT

IFCA is pleased to inform our members that Restricted B Drivers will not be required to complete Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT).  Restricted B Drivers are considered restricted/seasonal and therefore not subject to the required training.  Click the heading above for a PDF that shows the issue being covered in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  More information on ELDT can be found on our homepage.

Uniform Carrier Registration

Vaccine Rollout for 1B Essential Workers - Steps to Follow

IFCA has been in contact with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) regarding the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to ag essential workers.  Ag essential workers are in Phase 1B of the state's plan.  IEMA informed IFCA that Phase 1B for essential workers will begin on January 25th.    Based on our conversations with IEMA, IFCA recommends you take these steps:     1.   Companies should start putting a list together of all employees that wish to receive the vaccine.  Companies should prioritize their lists by risk level; 65+ or individuals that have ...

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:   ●      &...