COVID-19 Information

There is a great deal of uncertainty about the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The Illinois Beef Association is working diligently to provide members the most up-to-date information on the impact of coronavirus on the beef industry. We will continue to work with our members and partners throughout the beef supply chain to facilitate communication. By working together, every segment of the beef community can serve a role in returning the industry to normalcy as quickly as possible. Please check for updates on this page as new information arises.

April 6, 2020

IBA letter to IDOA regarding supply chain concerns

As concerns grow regarding work force issues and packing plant slowdowns and shutdowns because of COVID-19, IBA sent a letter to the Illinois Department of Agriculture director drawing attention to the issue.

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April 3, 2020

IDOA Issues Livestock Auction Guidance

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, if an auction can be hosted virtually or by telephone, it should not be held in-person. If a live auction can be postponed, please do so.

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March 30, 2020

At home with beef

Beef. It's What's For Dinner has developed some fun resources so your family can stay connected while learning from home! Please use the link below to find coloring books and activity books from

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March 27, 2020

When stress is more than a season

This is a stressful time for the whole country, but especially for our members who are experiencing a financial squeeze. In order to help cover all the needs of our members, NCBA’s Cattlemen’s Webinar Series hosted a webinar titled "When Stress is More Than a Season". 

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March 27, 2020

Statement from IBA President Buzz Iliff Regarding CARES Act

The following is a statement from Illinois Beef Association President Buzz Iliff regarding the bipartisan stimulus package – entitled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act –passed by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. 


March 27, 2020

iba signs on to Letter to Ag Secretary Perdue Urging Aid for American Cattle Producers

On behalf of cattle producers across the United States, the Illinois Beef Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other state affiliates sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting immediate action to provide much-needed relief to cattle producers who have been negatively impacted due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 


March 23, 2020

NCBA CEO Talks Coronavirus Impact on Beef Industry

There is a great deal of uncertainty about the ongoing impact of Coronavirus. CEO Colin Woodall discusses how the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is working to safeguard every sector of the beef industry from disruption during this crisis.

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March 23, 2020

IBA Statement on agriculture as an essential service

At this time, producers may continue to conduct business and hold livestock sales as scheduled. IBA strongly recommends organizers of livestock sales encourage customers to use online or phone bidding options when possible.

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March 23, 2020

rfd livestock report interview with iba executive vice president, jill johnson

Jill Johnson, executive vice president of Illinois Beef Association, talks with RFD’s Rita Frazer about the latest news for beef farmers working to keep consumers fed during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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March 20, 2020

IBA letter to capitol hill

IBA continues to be on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting cattle market crisis for our members. This letter was submitted to Senators Durbin and Duckworth outlining issues— short term and long term asks— so that the cattle industry is included in COVID-19 disaster relief. 

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March 20, 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker issues "shelter-in-place" order for illinois citizens

Governor J.B. Pritzker​ has announced a "stay at home" order beginning March 21st at 5 p.m. and on ending April 7th. Agriculture has been deemed a "critical infrastructure industry" by the United States Department of Homeland Security and will not be affected by the order.

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March 19, 2020

homeland security recognizes agriculture as critical industry

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.” .

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March 18, 2020

LMA temporary hours of service exemption for livestock haulers

Due to the COVID-19 emergency relief effort, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exempted livestock haulers from compliance with federal hours of service rules that limit drive time until at least April 12.

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March 18, 2020

Coronavirus and cattle sales

After communication with state leaders, IBA believes that livestock sales are exempt from Executive Order No. 2020 - 07 which prohibits gatherings of 50 people or more. Livestock sales fall are classified under Section 2 as "providers of essential goods" and may continue as scheduled.

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March 17, 2020

Statement from IBA President, Buzz Iliff

Buzz Iliff, President of the Illinois Beef Association, gives a statement on the impact of coronavirus on the beef supply chain. At this time, it is nearly impossible to determine the full impact of the virus.

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March 16, 2020

Impact of coronavirus on the U.s. beef supply chain

Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattleman's Beef Association gives insight into how his group is working to get to the bottom of the market losses cattle producers are facing.

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March 2020

Il dept of agriculture covid-19 important animal information

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has provided important COVID-19 information for the livestock industry, veterinarians, animal controls, pet owners, animal shelters and pet caretakers.

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March 2020

NCBA Coronavirus information

The National Cattleman's Beef Association will provide updates on their coronavirus page as more information becomes available. Check here frequently for the latest updates on the impact of COVID-19 on the bef supply chain, policy decisions and trade.

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