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Click the document below for the Part 255 Illinois Department of Agriculture containment regulations for the bulk storage and handling of fertilizers and pesticides for commercial, non-commercial and on-farm facilities.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture regulations specifically prohibit the addition of any additive, including air, due to incompatibility with ammonia system components. This applies to systems used in custom application and by farmers, so please keep an eye out and help us spread the word that any compressed air system utilized in anhydrous ammonia application is not legal to use in Illinois.
If your employees or farmer customers will be hauling ammonia nurse tanks after dusk, the tanks must be fitted with an amber rotating/flashing light on the either the nurse tanks or towing vehicle. It is a violation of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code to transport NH3 nurse tanks on a public roadway after dark without a rotating or flashing amber light.
If a farmer customer is in possession of anhydrous ammonia and a reportable release of 18 gallons or 100 pounds occurs, it is the farmer's responsibility to immediately notify the proper emergency personnel. Although your customers may not want to make the calls, it is also their responsibility per federal and state regulations to contact these agencies as well if the release occurs while they are in possession of the ammonia. Both IEMA and USEPA have made this very clear. A written follow-up report is also required and must be sent to IEMA and the LEPC as ...
We have received many calls in the past week at the office from our members expressing concern about bulk fertilizers being dumped in the fields. While Illinois' on-farm containment regulations allow over 50,000 lbs of bulk dry fertilizer or 5,000 gallons or more of liquid to be stored for up to 45 days by farmers, certainly from a stewardship standpoint it is not recommended. Even when under the 45 days, the product can only be stored at the farm (or in the field of application) by the farmer who owns it and not as a transfer point. IFCA is working ...
Beginning on April 29, 2020 the Illinois Secretary of State has established a CDL hotline to call in order to schedule a CDL Skills/Road test at any of the three offices now open to accommodate CDL needs: West Chicago, Springfield and Marion. The number to call is 217.785.3013. There were nearly 600 CDL road test appointments that had to be cancelled due to the Stay at Home order, so the Sec of State will work to reschedule those drivers first, but then begin scheduling others to test. You do not need an appointment to take the CDL ...
For the past year, IFCA has been working with our national organizations, with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with our US Congressmen to restore the Hours of Service (HOS) exemption for the transportation of ag inputs between terminals or warehouses and retail sites. Last year, the FMCSA instructed the industry that the exemption from HOS only applies for retail to farm and farm to farm delivery of ag supplies within a 100 mile radius. In 2006, IFCA passed state legislation that enacted the ag HOS exemption for all distribution points (including terminals and warehouses) for ...
See below resources for IFCA members on your essential business managing through COVID. Contact IFCA with questions.
Click on "CT Inspection Facilities" to view CT facilities that are certified to perform testing for the Nurse Tank Inspection Program.
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 ...
On June 11, 2009 USEPA again extended the compliance date for the Spill Prevention & Control Countermeasure (SPCC) rules for petroleum storage facilities to November 10, 2010. Facilities must amend or prepare and implement SPCC plans by the compliance date in accordance with the revisions to the rule. Farms must also amend or prepare their SPCC plans and implement them by that date. A final rule is expected to be published prior to the previous compliance date of July 1, 2009.
Yesterday Governor Pritzker announced new guidelines for the Illinois “Stay in Place” order, effective May 1, 2020. One of the guidelines requires employers to provide face coverings to employees if the employees cannot maintain safe social distancing requirements. It also requires all Illinoisans over the age of 2 to wear face coverings in public places if you cannot maintain social distancing. This past Tuesday, IFCA submitted a list to FEMA of all ag retail and distributor members and their number of employees, to obtain face coverings from a FEMA sponsored program with the Hanes Company in order ...
When stepping outside today, the first reaction is "brrr!" As temperatures have plummeted from 80 degrees last week to highs of 50 degrees this week in much of Illinois, the next thing to think about is the 4Rs of fall fertilizer application--specifically fall ammonia applications. Each morning, IFCA will post a map of the State Water Survey's WARM site, which has indicators of the maximum daily soil temperature in bare soil at the 4-inch depth. With regard to applying anhydrous ammonia in the fall, we continue to urge patience until soil temperatures fall ...
Click below for the rules governing the Hours of Service exemption for the transportation of agricultural inputs.
We've been getting calls asking how the new USEPA rules apply to farmers who own their own minibulks. If this is the case, and the farmer asks you to refill their minibulk, the minibulk must meet all the requirements of the new rule including: it must be a DOT approved package, the tank must be on the registrant's approved list of packages, it must have a unique identification number, contain one-way valves or tamper evident devices, and retesting is required every 2.5 years from date of manufacture. The tank must also be properly labeled for the product ...
Yesterday USEPA announced that dicamba will be labeled for use on soybeans in 2019 and 2020, and indicated that all applicators needed to be "certified applicators" in order to apply the product. The Illinois Pesticide Act outlines several categories of testing and licensing: Certified Applicators (which include commercial applicators and private applicators) and licensed operators, who must also pass a competency exam to be licensed to work under the supervision of a certified commercial applicator. States are unique in how they each license applicators and/or operators. Illinois has approximately 5,000 licensed commercial operators, who ...
Today, the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced a 24c Special Local Need (SLN) label for the three dicamba products labeled for soybean: Engenia, FeXapan and Xtendimax. Each label now spells out additional requirements for application in Illinois, as follows: 1. The implementation of a cutoff date of June 30, 2019, for application to DT soybeans. 2. Prohibiting application when the wind is blowing toward adjacent residential areas. 3. Required consultation of the FieldWatch sensitive crop registry before application, as well as compliance with all associated record keeping label requirements. 4. Maintaining the label-specified downwind buffer between the last treated row and the ...
Today, the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced a 24c Special Local Needs (SLN) label for the four dicamba products labeled for 2020 soybean growing season: Engenia, FeXapan, Tavium, and Xtendimax. Each label now spells out additional requirements for application in Illinois, as follows: DO NOT apply this product if the air temperature at the field at the time of application is over 85 degrees Fahrenheit or if the National Weather Service’s forecasted high temperature for the nearest available location for the day of application exceeds 85 degrees Fahrenheit. (Local National Weather Service forecast are available at https://www....
Click the heading to view the Illinois Pesticide Act.
This document outlines the penalty process and the various fines for violations of the Illinois Pesticide Act.
Taking implements of husbandry, such as NH3 nurse tanks, across state lines has been a controversial topic over the last few years. DOT has just recently clarified that implements of husbandry are not commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and therefore not subject to the CMV regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) authority covers persons who operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Therefore, when an implement of husbandry crosses state lines in interstate commerce it is not subject to CMV regulations since it is not a Commercial Motor Vehicle.
IDA regulations require an emergency sign with letters of a minimum height of two inches including the name and phone number of the owner, manager or agent of the anhydrous ammonia storage location. The sign must be located at the entrance to the site property or apart from the storage tanks. The Asmark Institute emergency sign program goes above and beyond compliance with this regulation. Signs are 39.5" long by 24" wide, are made of wind and weather resistant material and come printed with your company information for just $120 each. Cick on the ...
The weather delays this spring have been a huge challenge. Our industry's commitment to stewardship is often tested when conditions make it difficult to conduct normal operations. But it is our resolve to do the right thing, even when it is difficult, that makes the IFCA organization so successful in terms of managing pesticide and nutrient policy so that we have the trust of other organizations, and the legislature, to effectively police ourselves. Today, IFCA issued a statement on dicamba stewardship and our Association's support of the June 30, 2019 cut-off date for application.&...
For the past few weeks, IFCA has been working to determine how the new dicamba labels impact the commercial application industry in Illinois. We finally have answers for you and instructions on what to do next. It is not welcome news but there is a path forward and time is short to assure compliance for retailers who wish to provide custom dicamba application to soybean. Here is what you need to know and do to apply dicamba in 2019: 1. Under federal law, only CERTIFIED APPLICATORS can apply dicamba to soybean in 2019. ...
It's our pleasure today to share good news with our members. It's news that will save you money and time. Effective January 1, 2020 you will no longer be required to register and display the FT or FS license plates on any fertilizer trailers or self-propelled spreaders/sprayers. This year IFCA initiated legislation (HB 2669) to remove the registration requirement that has been in effect for decades. KJ Johnson, IFCA’s Director of Government & Industry Relations, successfully managed the legislation through the process, securing unanimous support in both the House and Senate, and Governor Pritzker ...
On October 31, 2018 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that registration Engenia, Xtendimax and FeXapan will be extended to December 20, 2020. The announcement indicated that EPA has reviewed substantial amounts of new information and concluded that the continued registration of the dicamba products meets FIFRA’s registration standards. The Agency has also determined that extending these registrations with the new safety measures will not affect endangered species. The Press Release may be found here. The key changes include: Two-year registration (until December 20, 2020) Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top (those working under ...
The Illinois Department of Ag has accepted revised 24(c) Special Local Needs (SLN) labels from the four registrants of dicamba for the products Engenia, FeXapan, Xtendimax and Tavium. To download the base labels and the new SLN labels click here. This area on the IFCA website has many helpful resources on dicamba stewardship. We want to make it crystal clear how the new July 15, 2019 cut-off date for application of these products to soybean works. There are several cut-off parameters for dicamba application, July 15 being only one of them. IF ANY ONE OF THE ...
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has an informative checklist for growers to serve as a reminder to keep safety in mind when handling anhydrous ammonia.
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.
Many IFCA members are interested in certifying their own employees to be able to perform nurse tank inspections to comply with the DOT regulations for pressure testing ammonia nurse tanks that have missing or illegible data plates, or for testing any nurse tanks to assure their integrity. To respond to that interest, the Asmark Institute is offering classes at the Agricenter in Bloomington, IL to provide the necessary training to qualify your employees to perform these tests in accordance with USDOT regulations. The classes will be offered the last week of July and first week of August. ...
Below is a brochure that describes the parameters for containment of bulk fertilizers and pesticides stored on the farm. A sample of an on-farm containment permit is also posted.
Due to some unfortunate accidents resulting in some deaths at some grain facilities in Illinois, OSHA is taking a proactive approach and conducting audits at some Illinois grain facilities. OSHA will be looking at proper employee training, PPE, confined space entry plans just to name a few. With fall harvest just beginning in some parts of Illinois, please take the time to make sure you are in compliance with OSHA regulations. Fines for non-compliance can reach tens of thousands of dollars.
Click here for the rules, application form and instructions to apply for an Illinois pollution control facility property tax credit for your agrichemical containment systems.
Click on "R Stamp Welders" to view repair organizations holding an R stamp for repair of anhydrous ammonia pressure vessels.
Last week the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Weights and Measures sent letters to all companies with large scales. IDA is asking all companies with large scales to submit a National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) Certificate of Conformance (COC) in order to be in compliance with the Illinois Weights and Measures Act. The weights & measures statute and regulations have always stated that "For a weighing or measuring device to be certified for use in the State of Illinois, it must have a Certificate of Conformance issued by the National Conference on Weights and Measures." ...
FMSCA to Announce Delay in Driver Training Rule The following article may be of interest. FMCSA will soon announce a two-year delay of the entire ELDT rule. Because this is a timely matter, with the rule becoming effective on Feb. 7, IFCA wanted to share this information as soon as possible. Please note that we have not yet seen the official Federal Register notice, but all information indicates it is coming soon. IFCA office will be closed Friday, November 29th. At this time of Thanksgiving celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to our members with warm appreciation. ...
If a facility stores 1,320 US gallons or more of oil, oil products such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil or animal fat in aboveground containers, the deadline to implement a Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan is November 10, 2010. The SPCC regulation requires a covered facility to prepare and implement an SPCC Plan which is intended to prevent oil products from reaching navigable waters or shores of the United States. This regulation will require farm operations to also implement the SPCC plan if they meet or exceed ...
If you store more than 1,320 gallons of fuel or oil at your facility in containers in excess of 55 gallons, you must complete a SPCC plan. Click the heading to access the Asmark Institute's mySPCC program. The mySPCC program is endorsed by USEPA. Note that if you have more than 10,000 gallons of storage at your facility you will need to have a Professional Engineer review and certify your SPCC.
Click on the heading above for the Illinois Fertilizer Act.
The Illinois Secretary of State has announced they will open three offices next week to accommodate persons needing CDL services. See the announcement here. The offices will only be open for that purpose, and the three offices opening for this will be: 1. Secretary of State Office in Springfield (2701 South Dirksen Parkway) 2. Secretary of State Office in Marion (1905 Rendleman Street) 3. Secretary of State Office in West Chicago (1280 Powis Road) The ONLY services they will be offering are the CDL skills and written tests. You can take any of the CDL and endorsement exams ...
The deadline for submitting Tier II information to IEMA is March 1, 2008. You can begin to submit your Tier 2 information at anytime by going to http://www.state.il.us/iema/disaster/serc_tier2.htm then click on Tier 2 Manager On-Line Submission Program toward the bottom of the page. The username and password to log onto the submission program can be found on your Tier 2 report from last year or by sending and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting the facility username and password. Please include your facility name and physical address in the request. If you have ...
The deadline for submitting Tier 2 reports to Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is March 1, 2014. Although anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate have always been required to be listed on Tier 2 reports, US EPA is now requiring all fertilizer; such as DAP, MAP, UAN and Potash, to be reported on Tier 2 reports. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Kevin Runkle at the IFCA office.
Remember when hauling anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks or other implements of husbandry after sunset, the towing vehicles or implements of husbandry must be equiped with an amber rotating or flashing light. The lights can also be operated during daylight hours but they are required between sunset and sunrise.
Click on the heading to link to the Coast Guard's TWIC information website.
Click below for resources on how to comply with the WPS which was initially effective on January 2, 2017 but has been temporarily delayed. This regulation applies to ag retailers who employ handlers of pesticides.