The well-being of Illinois farmers is top of mind, and we are aware of how COVID-19 has stressed our economy and our local communities. As an association, we remain dedicated to serving Illinois farmers during this time. We are taking precautions to protect our employees and the farmers we serve. We appreciate our Illinois soy family and urge everyone to take all necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. This is a fluid situation and ISA will continue to monitor any new developments. How can ISA help you during this time? Please let us know at ilsoy@ilsoy.org.

March 31 Announcement

Earlier today, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the state’s stay-at-home order through April 30. We urge everyone to take all necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. We recognize and appreciate that agriculture was recognized as a critical function by the U.S. government. ISA staff remain engaged and are using technology to stay connected and continue work on the association’s behalf. We continue to evaluate options for this spring’s and this summer’s meetings and other events. We also are working with state and national ag groups to share information with farmers through ilsoy.org, IlSoyAdvisor.com and other communications outlets. If there is anything that we can do to help, please reach out to us.

March 20 Announcement

Today, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that Illinois residents are being ordered to stay at home through April 7. The ISA office will be closed until further notice. Staff are prepared to work remotely during this time and will remain engaged and in communication with each other. As an association, we remain dedicated to serving Illinois farmers during this time. We urge everyone to take all necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. Attached for your reference is the staff contact list. If you have any questions, please reach out to us. This is a fluid situation and ISA will continue to monitor any new developments.

A Letter to the Illinois Soybean Community

March 19, 2020 - The well-being of Illinois farmers is top of mind, and we are well aware of how COVID-19 has stressed our economy and our local communities. As an association, we remain dedicated to serving Illinois farmers during this time. We are taking precautions to protect our employees, office visitors and the farmers we serve. We appreciate our Illinois soy family and urge everyone to take all necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. This is a fluid situation and ISA will continue to monitor any new developments. If you have questions, please contact us at ilsoy@ilsoy.org.


FARMDOC LAUNCHES COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES

The University of Illinois agricultural economists launched a new webinar series on the impact of the coronavirus on agriculture in the Midwest. The webinar series kicked off on March 20 and will continue regularly each Tuesday and Friday at 11 a.m. CT until further notice. The series is free, and no registration is required to participate. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/fddlive.

AG CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE

On March 16, the President Trump issued updated “Coronavirus Guidance for America,” stating that if you work in a critical infrastructure industry, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. In accordance with this mandate, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” The guidance document includes a range of occupations, including food and agriculture (page 6 of the document). Read more here to get more information about COVID-19 guidance.

TIPS FOR SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS DURING COVID-19

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that seniors and those with medical conditions should stay at home as much as possible due to the coronavirus, it was nerve-racking for many. That is why AgriNews is sharing tips and information for how to keep seniors and other at-risk communities safe during this time of social distancing, such as where to order delivery, how to call ahead for groceries, and assistance with ordering stamps online. Read more tips and information on how to stay safe at AgriNews-Pubs.com.

2020 PLANTING DECISIONS IN THE FACE OF COVID-19

With the rapidly changing conditions of COVID-19, the 2020 planting decisions might be complicated. In this article, originally published on farmdoc Daily, Gary Schnitkey and a team of experts break down how the evolving information impacts planting season. Read Schnitkey’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.

THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE ON COVID-19

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is evaluating data collection and agency operations to produce each NASS report as COVID-19 conditions change. They are asking farmers and ranchers who have received a survey to please respond online and help deliver the statistics that agriculture counts on. The URL is on every questionnaire, agcounts.usda.gov, and you can use the survey code on the questionnaire to get started. Click here to learn more about the efforts from NASS and others during this time.

ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU PODCAST – HOW FARMERS ARE BEING AFFECTED BY COVID-19

The Illinois Farm Bureau recently put out a podcast on how farmers are being affected day-to-day during the COVID-19 crisis. In this episode you will hear from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, the President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Georgia farmer Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, and Ogle County, Illinois farmer Brian Duncan, who serves as vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau. Listen to the podcast here.


HELPFUL RESOURCES


Illinois Department of Agriculture COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations Guidance

State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Illinois Farm Bureau COVID-19 Resources

Illinois Pork Producers - COVID-19: What You Need to Know

U.S. Department of Transportation - Coronavirus

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Coronavirus

Farmers.gov - General Producer Information

Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program

House Agriculture Committee - COVID-19: Helpful Resources for Food and Agriculture