Illinois Farm Bureau staff work hard on behalf of our members who raise livestock to communicate with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on issues related to their operations and the environment. We embark on education campaigns through the Illinois Agricultural Coalition – a partnership among IFB, the Illinois Beef Association, the Illinois Milk Producers’ Association and the Illinois Pork Producers Association. Our latest campaign focuses on clarifying and simplifying the latest rules and regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations. 

Parts of those rules, which took effect in August 2014, apply to all farms, regardless of size. To provide our members with their “first step” in understanding if and how those rules impact their operations, we developed separate resource guides for swine, beef and dairy operations. These resources guides help our members ensure compliance and increase their confidence in operating according to best practices.  

To request a resource guide, contact Lauren Lurkins, Director of Environmental Policy, at or 309-557-3153.


Farm Gate

Environmental Education for Livestock Farms

Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) wants to assist farmers with regulatory questions and provide educational opportunities and resources to help meet industry regulations and protect the environment.

Throughout 2020, IFB is implementing an education program for Illinois livestock farmers at the farm gate level. All size operations are welcome, but the focus will be on small and medium sized livestock farms.

Program goals:
• Bring an education opportunity to small and medium sized livestock farms statewide 
• Educate farmer members who may not yet be familiar with the regulatory programs and offer industry-led educational initiatives


Education topics:
• Current regulatory compliance requirements
• Science-based performance metrics for environmental protection
• Resources available to assist with compliance


On farm education and resources include:
• Illinois EPA inspection checklist
• Resources, environmental management tools and site-specific advice
• Mortalities management
• Confidential on-farm visit by an IFB-sponsored expert


Support a thriving livestock industry for the future of Illinois’ environment, economy, family farms and rural communities.
Join our FREE & CONFIDENTIAL program today!