Health and Safety

Stress and Mental Health  

We know circumstances are tough right now. Your anxiety, your stress, your worry, your struggles; they are real.  Know that your Farm Bureau family is here. We're listening. The agriculture community is strong and resilient, and we know we will get through this by working together. Be sure you're doing all you can to stay health, both physically and mentally.  Check on your family, your neighbors, and your friends during this time of isolation.  And don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help.  

For more information on how stress affects you and what you can do to combat the effects of stress, watch our Farmer Mental Health & Wellness Webinar. 

If you are experiencing anxiety or mental health concerns related to COVID-19, resources to help are available here. 

For more mental health and wellness tools and resources, visit IFB's Mental Health and Wellness page. 

Safety on the Farm  

Secure your farm against COVID-19 with this checklist. 

Make a plan to limit exposure and risks related to COVID-19 for you and everyone who lives and works on your farm.  

As always, it is critical to practice biosecurity for the safety of animals and the public. It is now critical to also consider ways to limit person-to-person contact, congregate in settings of no more than ten people, and maintain social distance of six feet. What does that look like on your farm?    

  • Develop a plan and communicate it on a regular basis with all who live and work on their farm. This situation is changing daily, so we also encourage repeated conversations. Penn State Extension has created a document to help farms develop plans 
  • The CDC has developed excellent materials, including posters that you can display on site to help everyone understand the best ways to protect themselves from the virus.   
  • Consider who is coming to your farm – employees and visitors. Consider logging or tracking that information which could help in the event of a positive case in your area. Screen and distance arriving workers to ensure health and safety.
  • Limit person-to-person interactions and create more distance between workers in the field.
  • Set up handwashing and sanitation stations in accessible places. If you share equipment, do you have a plan to sanitize frequently touched surfaces?
  • What is your plan to help support those who fall sick, including quarantine and health care measures, while still moving forward with the work that has to be done this season? Cornell University has created checklists to help mitigate risk and document any illness 

Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services 

Governor Pritzker put forth an Executive Order that expands telehealth coverage to Medicaid and private insurance patients. Per the Executive Order and emergency rules, Medicaid and private insurance providers are called to reimburse plan holders for the use of telemedicine at the same rate as in-person visits. Additionally, the expansion of telehealth covers not just COVID-19 services, but also a list of other appropriate health care needs, including mental health services. This coverage is in effect for the duration of the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation for COVID-19.  

N-95 Mask Donations 

County Farm Bureaus across Illinois collected unused N-95 masks to donate to local hospitals, medical professionals and organizations in need. We are proud of our Farm Bureau family for pulling together to support our important front-line workers during this pandemic