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 8, 2020

IBA Sends Letter to USDA Requesting CFAP Deficiencies Be Addressed

IBA Executive Vice President Jill Johnson sent a letter this week to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging USDA to address the deficiencies in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

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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 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 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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April 17, 2020


The IBA Policy Division Board of Directors unanimously approved a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to identify and investigate any evidence of fraudulent business practices within the beef meatpacking industry. COVID-19’s impact on the cattle market has reignited IBA member concerns that surfaced following the 2019 beef packing plant fire. IBA leaders firmly believe next steps should be taken to address member concerns.


April 16, 2020


IBA leaders joined a call with Senator Durbin to discuss financial burdens to beef producers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators Durbin and Duckworth quickly responded with a letter urging USDA to provide immediate direct financial assistance to help livestock producers with stabilizing cash flow and mitigate market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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April 8, 2020

Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

The State Treasurer has made up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Agriculture is included in the program.

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April 8, 2020


NCBA President Marty Smith sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting the government to investigate the striking disparity between boxed beef prices and cattle prices in the futures and cash markets during the current COVID-19 crisis.

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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 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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