COVID-19

Please visit the tabs to the left (desktop) or drop-down menu above (mobile) for specific details and information related to livestock, transportation, supply chain disruptions and more.  


National Announcements

  • (June 3, 2020) USDA announced alternative housing resources for season ag laborers and other ag workforce. Read it here.
  • (June 2, 2020) The CDC published COVID-19 guidance for agricultural workers and employers here.
  • (June 2, 2020) CFAP Handbook: Chapter 141, Pages 5-31 through 5-36, contains information on the eligibility of marketing contracts including examples. The remainder of the handbook provides additional information for hybrid seed and popcorn, wool, silage, etc. Read it here.
  • (June 1, 2020) USDA outlines CFAP eligibility for certain market contracts and only applies to non-specialty crops. Read the fact sheet here.
  • (May 29, 2020) American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) reviews the CFAP Payment Formula for non-specialty crops here.
  • (May 29, 2020) Do you raise nursery or aquaculture products or cut flowers? Do you grow something else that wasn’t included in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)? USDA is looking for data on agricultural commodities that were left off the financial assistance program. Read more here.
  • (May 27, 2020) Illinois USDA Farm Service Agency leaders Bill Graff and Vicki Donaldson answer questions about CFAP with IFB members. Listen in here.
  • (May 26, 2020) Farmers can now apply for Financial Assistance through USDA CFAP. You can find applications and other eligibility forms, as well as a payment calculator, at www.farmers.gov/CFAP.
  • (May 19, 2020) The USDA has released details of the direct payments included in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)Beginning May 26, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. You can find program details on our USDA subpage 

The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr.: 

“Illinois Farm Bureau is most appreciative of the actions taken by the Trump Administration and Congress to help mitigate the damages incurred by the pandemic on our supply chain and our markets. These direct payments are an economic lifeline for many Illinois farmers struggling to operate through pronounced hardships and the beginning of necessary aid as they navigate through financial uncertainty for years to come. “  

State Announcements

  • (June 1, 2020) IDOT announced the 12% overweight variance on State Routes for emergency supplies for relief has been extended until June 28, 2020. Read the waiver here.
  • (May 27, 2020) Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Farm Bureau have partnered to fund a grant for pork producers facing unexpected costs during this difficult time. Find the application here.
  • (May 21, 2020) Governor Pritzker has activated the IL National Guard to assist four counties with flood fighting efforts over the coming days. Guardsmen will be tested for COVID-19 and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • (May 8, 2020) An emergency rulemaking went into effect to provide regulatory relief for livestock farmers during this difficult time. Read more on our Livestock page.
  • (May 5, 2020) Governor J.B. Pritzker has released Restore Illinois, a 5-Phase plan to reopen the state. The plan sets guidelines for geographical regions of the state to work through before certain restrictions can be lifted.  
  • (May 4, 2020) Illinois Farm Bureau has been in steady communications with University of Illinois Extension and 4-H regarding summer programming. As conditions change, and as subsequent decision dates occur, we will communicate with you. Read the Extension announcement here
  • (May 4, 2020) If you are a livestock producer considering overstocking as a temporary option, and you are a pork producer, you can contact Mike Borgic (mike@ilpork.com) for information on necessary steps. If you raise other livestock, please reach out to Tasha Bunting (tbunting@ilfb.org) for details on necessary steps. Both IDOA and IEPA expect all facilities to continue to operate in a manner that protects the public and the environment. If you are concerned about environmental compliance, please contact Lauren Lurkins (llurkins@ilfb.org).  
  • (May 1, 2020) The Governor, in collaboration with the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations has raised more than $30 million for those individuals, families, and communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Find more information at www.ilcovidresponsefund.org.  
  • (April 30, 2020) Governor J.B. Pritzker has officially extended the state disaster proclamation and associated stay at home order for Illinois. You can find those here:  
  • (April 23, 2020) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will reopen select state parks and recreation areas beginning May 1st 
  • IFB staff participate in the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC) weekly to convey impacts of COVID-19 on our members in the areas of health care, rural development, technology and workforce advancement.   
  • Illinois State Treasurer details two assistance programsThe Business Invest Program provides impact investment loans. The Annual Ag Loan Program makes loans more affordable for farmers and ag professionals.   
  • Illinois SNAP recipients will receive maximum benefit amounts. 
  • Auctions: Land and machinery auctions should be conducted online/via phone. Livestock auctions can occur with appropriate social distancing requirements. 
  • Illinois’ Governor pushed back state tax filing date to July 15, 2020. Illinois taxpayers are still required to estimate their tax liability and make those payments.
  • AG DEEMED ESSENTIAL  There is no requirement for a permit or identification as an essential employee for those working in agriculture in Illinois.   

Local Governance 

  • Read about the Annual Town Meetings, Property Tax Cycle, and Relaxed Open Meetings Act Requirements on our Local Governance page.  


Join the Conversation

For the latest ag news on the impacts of COVID-19, visit FarmWeekNow.com.  

Illinois Farm Bureau provides daily coronavirus updates on the RFD Radio Network’s RFD Today program. We want to know how the pandemic is affecting farmers in your area and help answer questions you may have. Submit your question or comment by email or tweet us at @FarmWeekNow Tune in to your local RFD affiliate or listen to the podcast here. 


Educational Materials for Adults

Don’t forget to sign up for the University of Illinois FarmDoc team regular  a series of webinars to discuss the impact the coronavirus crisis on Corn Belt agriculture.  

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at covid19@ilfb.org.

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