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.

PROTECTING FARM LABOR DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Maintaining a healthy farm workforce is more important than ever to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure a successful harvest. Purdue Extension recommends the following procedures to protect farm labor from COVID-19. Read full article here.

IL CORN: FARM AND FIELD READINESS DURING THIS CRISIS

Do you have a plan in place IF you were to contract COVID-19?

We all know no one can learn the nuances of your farm quickly, like which tractor needs a shot of ether to get rolling regardless of temperature but you can still have a plan in place. Being prepared can not only provide peace of mind in case something happens but can also help reduce stress by having a plan laid out now. Take a few minutes to write out your plan using the guideline below and put it where it can be easily found and give a copy to a trusted neighbor or friend.

Farm Readiness Guideline
Field Info Sheets  

ACES/EXTENSION NEWS: COVID-19 FORCES CHANGES IN PESTICIDE TRAINING, TESTING

The impact of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our community. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the University of Illinois has implemented social-distancing protocols that impact all university events. Illinois Extension, as the outreach program of the university, aligns with all policies related to public health and safety. Read full article here.

IFCA ALERT: NEW ORDER IN ILLINOIS REQUIRES FACE COVERINGS; FEMA ORDER UPDATE

On April 23, Governor Pritzker announced new guidelines for the Illinois “Stay in Place” order, effective May 1, 2020.  One of the guidelines requires employers to provide face coverings to employees if the employees cannot maintain safe social distancing requirements.  It also requires all Illinoisans over the age of 2 to wear face coverings in public places if you cannot maintain social distancing. Read full article here.

HAND SANITIZER PRODUCTION GUIDELINES FROM WHO & FDA

If organizations want to make their own hand sanitizer, the World Health Organization guidelines for localized sanitizer production are a helpful resource. The FDA also has information on production and labeling requirements.

USDA/FDA/CDER Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products
WHO Guide to Local Sanitizer Production

USDA ANNOUNCES NEW FARMER AID PROGRAMS: CFAP & CCC

In response to the global pandemic that is devastating commodity and biofuel markets, and as part of the CARES Act passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced details for new farmer aid programs. The first program is the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides $9.5 billion in aid for the U.S. food supply chain. The second program is the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) that compensates farmers for market losses with $6.5 billion in aid.

Illinois soybean farmers are eligible for payments from both programs with rates of 45 cents per bushel and 50 cents per bushel, applied to a percentage of their January 2020 stored crop inventories and 2019 total production. The application period for these assistance packages opens Tuesday, May 26 and closes August 28, 2020. Applications can be filed with your local USDA Farm Service Agency office. For a preview of what the payment calculator will look like and how it will function view this video from USDA. For more information on other commodities and both COVID-19 assistance programs visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap. To determine eligibility and possible payment limitations contact USDA-FSA.

HELPFUL RESOURCES


Champaign-Urbana COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

Distilleries and Ethanol Plants Producing Hand Sanitizer

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

Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association - COVID 19 Resources for IFCA Members

National Grain & Feed Association - COVID-19 Industry Resources

University of Illinois ACES COVID-19 Resources

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