Health and Safety

Secure your farm against COVID-19 with this checklist.

We know circumstances are tough right now. Your anxiety, your stress, your worry, your struggles; they are real.  Know that your Farm Bureau family is here. We're listening. The agriculture community is strong and resilient, and we know we will get through this by working together. Be sure you're doing all you can to stay health, both physically and mentally.  Check on your family, your neighbors, and your friends during this time of isolation.  And don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. 

For more information on how stress affects you and what you can do to combat the effects of stress, watch our Farmer Mental Health & Wellness Webinar.

If you are experiencing anxiety or mental health concerns related to COVID-19, resources to help are available here.

For more mental health and wellness tools and resources, visit IFB's Mental Health and Wellness page.

Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services

Governor Pritzker put forth an Executive Order that expands telehealth coverage to Medicaid and private insurance patients. Per the Executive Order and emergency rules, Medicaid and private insurance providers are called to reimburse plan holders for the use of telemedicine at the same rate as in-person visits. Additionally, the expansion of telehealth covers not just COVID-19 services, but also a list of other appropriate health care needs, including mental health services. This coverage is in effect for the duration of the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation for COVID-19.

Safety on the Farm 

Now is the time to be aware of the need to limit exposure and risks related to COVID-19 for you and everyone who lives and works on your farm. 

As always, it is critical to practice biosecurity for the safety of animals and the public. It is now critical to also consider ways to limit person-to-person contact, congregate in settings of no more than ten people, and maintain social distance of six feet. What does that look like on your farm?   

  •  Encourage your members to take steps now to develop a farm plan for this virus, and to communicate that plan on a regular basis with all who live and work on their farm. This situation is changing daily, so we also encourage repeated conversations over the coming weeks. Penn State Extension has created a document to help farms develop plans. This resource can be found here 
  • The CDC has developed excellent materials, including posters that you can display on site to help everyone understand the best ways to protect themselves from the virus.  These can be found here 
  • Consider who is coming to your farm – employees and visitors. Consider logging or tracking that information which could help in the event of a positive case in your area. Screen and distance arriving workers to ensure health and safety.  
  • Limit person-to-person interactions and create more distance between workers out in the field. 
  • Set up handwashing and sanitation stations in accessible places. If you share equipment, do you have a plan to sanitize frequently touched surfaces?  
  • And, heaven forbid you experience a positive virus case in your family or your workforce. What is your plan to help support those who fall sick, including quarantine and health care measures, while still moving forward with the work that has to be done this season? Cornell University has created checklists to help mitigate risk and document any illness here. 

We are working with our colleagues at AFBF and other state Farm Bureaus to make sure we offer suggestions and recommendations specific to farmers as they are available. The most important thing now is that you are thinking about it and communicating with your family and employees consistently in the coming weeks.  

We know stress is high this time of year and the virus can feel both far away and close at the same time. Making a plan for your farm can help you take some control over this unprecedented situation. We’re here to support you.  

N-95 Mask Donations

County Farm Bureaus across Illinois are collecting unused N-95 masks to donate to local hospitals, medical professionals and organizations in need. All items should be in the manufacturer's original packaging and unopened. If you have any extra masks on your farm, check the chart below to see drop off instructions at your county Farm Bureau. 

 

County Farm Bureau

Contact

Drop-off Address

Drop-off Instructions

Where it will go

Carroll 

Chas Welch
815-244-3001

811 S Clay St.
Mount Carroll, IL 61053 

Drop off masks in the tote outside the front door. 

Local medical offices and area hospitals.  

Cass-Morgan 

Lindsay McQueen
217-245-6833

1152 Tendick St. 
Jacksonville, IL 6265 

Box at front door. 

Local organizations in need.

Champaign 

Bailey Conrady
217-714-4955

801 N. Country Fair Dr. 
Champaign, IL 61821 

Please call or text Bailey at 217-714-4955 to arrange pick up of your donations. 

Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF Healthcare. 

Christian

Mellisa McMillan 
815-440-0789 

 

Please call or text Mellisa at 815-440-0789 for porch pick up of masks.

Local organizations in need.

Coles 

Tonya Eich 
217-345-3276 

719 W. Lincoln  
Charleston, IL 61920 

There is a box by the door.  

Local hospital.

DeKalb  

Greg Millburg
815-756-6361

1350 West Prairie Dr.
Sycamore, IL 60178 

Drop off is M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., inside the front door. 

DeKalb County Health Department. From there items will be distribute to area healthcare providers.

DeWitt 

Allison Reinecke
608-495-2116

1060 IL-54 
Clinton, IL 61727 

Drop box is located outside the main entrance. Individuals can drop off masks at any time. If anyone in the county would like to donate masks that doesn’t feel comfortable going out, contact Allison to arrange a pick-up. 

DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department to distribute.  

Douglas 

Tyler Harvey
217-369-9421

105 N. Main St.  
Tuscola, IL 61953 

Please put masks, gloves, other PPE in pink tote outside the office door. Please call Tyler on his cell to let him know that items have been dropped off. 

Local fire departments, hospitals and clinics in need.   

Edwards 

Rebecca Perry
618-445-2113 

15 S. 5th St. 
Albion, IL 62806 

Leave in the labeled bin on the front porch.  

Local agencies in need.  

Effingham

Julie Stephens 
217-342-2103 

1102 W Evergreen Ave., 
Effingham IL 62401 

Please place items in the tote at the front door.

First responders (hospital and police)

Lawrence 

 

Kody Aldrich
618-843-9131

10722 Cherry Blvd. 
Lawrenceville, IL 62439 

Contact the number for porch pick up or we are collecting in the drop box at the Lawrence County Farm Bureau office. 

Local hospital, first responders and health department. 

Lee 

Danelle Burrs
309-714-0728 

37 S. East Ave.
Amboy, IL 61310 

By appointment only.  Contact leecfb@comcast.net, message us on Facebook, or leave a voicemail at 815-857-3531 to schedule an appointment.   All drop offs will be curbside.   

Local health care professionals.   

Mason 

Ashley Beutke
217-801-0599

127 S. High St.  
Havana, IL 62644 

Call 217-801-0599 or email MCFB.mgr@gmail.com to arrange pickup or drop off. 

Memorial Medical Center.  

Massac 

Hannah Miller
618-697-4592

 

Please call (618) 697-4592 for porch pick-up.  

Local organizations in need. 

Menard 

Ashley Beutke
217-801-0599

101 E. Jefferson 
Petersburg, IL 62675 

Call 217-801-0599 or email MCFB.mgr@gmail.com to arrange pickup or drop off.  

 Memorial Medical Center. 

Piatt 

Baley Milton
217-671-2592

427 West Marion St.
Monticello, IL 61856 

Please put any masks in the blue tote on the back steps of the Farm Bureau office. 

Nursing homes and hospitals in Piatt County. 

Pike-Scott 

Blake Roderick
217-473-1600

Illini Community Hospital 
640 W Washington St.
Pittsfield, IL 62363 

Drop off at Emergency Room entrance.  

Illini Community Hospital.  

Pulaski-Alexander 

Hannah Miller
618-697-4592

PO Box 310 
Mounds, IL 62964 

Please call (618) 697-4592 for porch pick-up! Do not drop at office. 

Local organizations in need.  

Randolph

Allyson Lintker
618-314-6190

1403 Hillcrest Drive 
Sparta, IL 62286 

When dropping off items at the CFB office, please leave them at the front door and call or text Allyson Lintker to ensure items go to health department right away.   

Supplies can also be picked up by Allyson (please text or call) or be dropped off at the Randolph County Health Department at 2515 State St. Chester, IL 62233 

Randolph County Health Department

Richland

Kenzie Zwilling
618-393-4116

710 N. West St.
Olney, IL 62450

Please place masks in tote located at the front door of the office.

Carle RMH, private practices in Richland County, and local nursing homes and assisted living locations.

Stephenson  

Victoria Hansen
815-232-3186

210 West Spring St.
Freeport, IL 61032 

Drop off days: March 30 8:00-noon and April 1 noon-4:00p.m. Additional dates may be added. Check Facebook for specific dates. 

Local organizations in need.  

Tazewell  

Emily Rogier
309-347-3165

1505 Valle Vista Blvd.
Pekin, IL 61554 

There is a drop-off box outside the front doors of our office. 

Local hospitals in need.   

Wabash 

Carol Beadles
618-445-1909

1128 Oak St. 
Mt Carmel, IL 62863 

Place items in tub on front porch. 

Local hospital, first responders, and other locations as needed. 

Wayne 

Doug Anderson
618-302-0466

301 E Court St.
Fairfield, IL 62837 

Leave in the storage tote on the porch. 

Wayne County Health Department to distribute. 

White 

Doug Anderson
618-302-0466

304 E Robinson St 
Carmi, IL 62821 

Leave in the storage tote on the front porch. 

Egyptian Health Department to distribute. 

Winnebago-Boone

Ann Marie Cain

815-962-0653

 

Boone CountyConserv FS
14937 Rt.76 Caledonia, IL 61011

 

Winnebago County: Conserv FS
1925 S. Meridian Rd Rockford, IL 61102

Your safety when delivering masks is critical to us. A drop box is located just outside the office entrances where you can simply open the tote and drop them off.

Working with local County Health Departments to distribute masks where needed most.

Woodford 

Malena Wheeler
309-238-7297

117 W. Center St.  
Eureka, IL 61530 

Leave in the tub located at the back door.  

Woodford County EOC.  

 

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