October 1, 2020

Pritzker Administration Announces $5 Million Business Grant Program for Agriculture Businesses

The application for funding now available to livestock producers and small meat and poultry plants as a part of the state’s Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program.

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June 12, 2020

Illinois and du Quoin state fairs cancelled due to covid-19

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will host a Junior Livestock Expo in Springfield in September, for Illinois exhibitors ages 8-21 to show their animals. The 4-H General Project Show will proceed virtually.

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May 28, 2020

Temporary period for overstock approved for livestock facilities - extended.

IDOA is extending the temporary period for livestock facilities to exceed their approved animal unit capacities to July 1, 2020.

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May 26, 2020

Coronavirus Food assistance Program (CFAP)

Has your farm been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? CFAP provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

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May 12, 2020

Coronavirus food assistance program (CFAP) webinar

Today USDA announced the AMS and FSA will be hosting a webinar for farmers and ranchers interested in applying for direct payments through CFAP this Thursday May 14, 2020 at 1 p.m. E.T.

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May 5, 2020

Health issues in mid to late fed cattle

With summer time just around the corner, producers who feed cattle need to be aware of common health issues that could arise jeopardizing their herd.

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Health Issues in Mid to Late Fed Cattle
May 4, 2020

SBA to make economic injury disaster loans available to U.S. ag business impacted by covid-19

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance Programs.

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May 1, 2020

What to do in times of little or no market outlet

We have been working with University of Illinois beef cattle researchers and Extension educators to help provide resources to help guide our producers through these unprecedented circumstances.

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Producer Assistance Survey

April 15, 2020

Livestock Groups Send Letter to Illinois 4-H

We've heard member concerns regarding information that Illinois 4-H is evaluating programs during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Milk Producers Association, and Illinois Pork Producers Association sent a letter to Illinois 4-H leaders this week asking for a delay in any decision regarding cancellation of 4-H fairs and programs to ensure minimal impact on 4-H livestock families.   

If you have concerns about 4-H fairs we encourage you to contact your local Extension office.

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Illinois 4H
April 15, 2020

Managing Harvest-Ready Cattle During Packing Plant Slow Downs

Temporary closures and slow-downs in the meat packing industry have caused many tough decisions for cattle feeders. Travis Meteer, University of Illinois beef extensions educator and Dr. Josh McCann, University of Illinois, Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences University discuss COVID-19 management and nutritional strategies.

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April 14, 2020

RFD radio interview with u of i beef extension on feeding cattle

Farmers bringing cattle to market are being turned away from some packing plants. What should farmers do? Travis Meteer, University of Illinois beef extension educator, walks through farmers’ options in this interview with RFD Radio Network’s Rita Frazer.

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April 11, 2020

IBA joins commodity groups to deliver message that farmers are still raising food

In an effort to promote the message that farms are still raising food with care, even though difficult times, IBA teamed up with other commodity groups to run a television commercial.

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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 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

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 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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