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National Announcements

State Announcements

  • (August 6, 2020) Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, and University of Illinois Extension hosted two calls to discuss best practices for your Agritourism or Pick Your Own Operation to operate during COVID-19. You can watch those here and here (same topics covered, just two options).  
  • (July 20, 2020) Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, and University of Illinois Extension have produced an Agritourism Guides for U-Pick and agritourism businesses during COVID-19. These are recommendations and are subject to change as regulations evolve. Find them on our local foods and specialty crops page.
  • (July 9, 2020) The Illinois Secretary of State has announced that driver’s license and license plate expirations have again been extended as a result of the COVID-19 situation. Driver’s licenses or license plates that have expired or are set to expire between March 1st and Sept. 30th of this year, have until Nov. 1st to be renewed. Keep the dates in mind, especially as fall harvest begins, and plan now for completing needed renewals. Illinois Secretary of State’s offices are opening back up for business. You can call and ask about online options for completing renewals and other transactions. If you plan to visit a Secretary of State’s office, the number of customers allowed inside the office may be limited and customers should bring and wear a mask, as none will be provided.
  • (July 2, 2020) September 1st is the Harvest Season Permit open date – you must get that permit from the appropriate jurisdiction to haul 10% overweight.
  • (June 29, 2020) The Illinois Department of Transportation has discontinued overweight waivers as the state enters recovery stage. All loads must return to normal gross and axle weight limits.
  • (May 27, 2020) Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Farm Bureau have partnered to fund a grant for pork producers facing unexpected costs during this difficult time. Find the application here.
  • (May 21, 2020) Governor Pritzker has activated the IL National Guard to assist four counties with flood fighting efforts over the coming days. Guardsmen will be tested for COVID-19 and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • (May 8, 2020) An emergency rulemaking went into effect to provide regulatory relief for livestock farmers during this difficult time. Read more on our Livestock page.
  • (May 5, 2020) Governor J.B. Pritzker has released Restore Illinois, a 5-Phase plan to reopen the state. The plan sets guidelines for geographical regions of the state to work through before certain restrictions can be lifted.  
  • (May 4, 2020) Illinois Farm Bureau has been in steady communications with University of Illinois Extension and 4-H regarding summer programming. As conditions change, and as subsequent decision dates occur, we will communicate with you. Read the Extension announcement here
  • (May 4, 2020) If you are a livestock producer considering overstocking as a temporary option, and you are a pork producer, you can contact Mike Borgic ( for information on necessary steps. If you raise other livestock, please reach out to Tasha Bunting ( for details on necessary steps. Both IDOA and IEPA expect all facilities to continue to operate in a manner that protects the public and the environment. If you are concerned about environmental compliance, please contact Lauren Lurkins (  
  • (May 1, 2020) The Governor, in collaboration with the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations has raised more than $30 million for those individuals, families, and communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Find more information at  
  • (April 30, 2020) Governor J.B. Pritzker has officially extended the state disaster proclamation and associated stay at home order for Illinois. You can find those here:  
  • (April 23, 2020) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will reopen select state parks and recreation areas beginning May 1st 
  • IFB staff participate in the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC) weekly to convey impacts of COVID-19 on our members in the areas of health care, rural development, technology and workforce advancement.   
  • Illinois State Treasurer details two assistance programsThe Business Invest Program provides impact investment loans. The Annual Ag Loan Program makes loans more affordable for farmers and ag professionals.   
  • Illinois SNAP recipients will receive maximum benefit amounts. 
  • Auctions: Land and machinery auctions should be conducted online/via phone. Livestock auctions can occur with appropriate social distancing requirements. 
  • Illinois’ Governor pushed back state tax filing date to July 15, 2020. Illinois taxpayers are still required to estimate their tax liability and make those payments.
  • AG DEEMED ESSENTIAL  There is no requirement for a permit or identification as an essential employee for those working in agriculture in Illinois.   

Local Governance 

  • Read about the Annual Town Meetings, Property Tax Cycle, and Relaxed Open Meetings Act Requirements on our Local Governance page.  

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Illinois Farm Bureau provides daily coronavirus updates on the RFD Radio Network’s RFD Today program. We want to know how the pandemic is affecting farmers in your area and help answer questions you may have. Submit your question or comment by email or tweet us at @FarmWeekNow Tune in to your local RFD affiliate or listen to the podcast here. 

Educational Materials for Adults

Don’t forget to sign up for the University of Illinois FarmDoc team regular  a series of webinars to discuss the impact the coronavirus crisis on Corn Belt agriculture.