Author Archives: Jean Payne

About Jean Payne

Payne is president of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, Bloomington, IL.

MAGIE 2011: Celebrating 30 Years Of Gears

Thirty years ago, members of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association developed an idea to host a special event to showcase technological advances in the equipment side of the ag retail industry. They gave the show a friendly, feminine name: MAGIE (Midwest AG Industries Exposition) and she has aged beautifully. Today, we look back at pictures

Gross Idea Meets Memorable Message

In Illinois, surviving in the state’s contentious political climate forces an association such as ours to define itself in meaningful ways in order to get its image, mission, and policies across to legislators and regulators in a way that is memorable to them. And we mean memorable in a positive light. When the words “fertilizer

Reaching Out To Retailers

In 2007, the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association (IFCA) was given the opportunity and privilege of partnering with the American Agronomic Stewardship Alli­ance (AASA). Have you heard of this group? If you are an ag retailer in the U.S. and store bulk pesticides, you’ve been visited by an AASA inspector to ensure that your bulk