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Week of March 1, 2021

Ag Safety Awareness Week

Critical Infrastructure Updates Needed to Support Rural America

AFBF President Testifies on Climate Change

Weather Improves Ahead of Spring Planting

Week of February 22, 2021

IFB Proactively Engaging with New USDA, EPA Leadership

Farms of Future May Tap Sustainable Energy

USDA Congressional Ag Committee Leadership Share Priorities

Weather Outlook Favorable for Spring Planting

Week of February 15, 2021

Pritzker Declares Every County Winter Storm Disaster

Are Average Temps Normal?

Animals’ Energy Needs Increase in Subfreezing Temps

New Crop Insurance Enhancements in 2021

Considerations for High-Yielding and Early Planted Soybeans

Week of February 8, 2021

March 15 Deadline Approaching for 2021 ARC, PLC

NASS Collecting Cash Rent, Lease Information

IDOA Offering Limited In-Person Pesticide License Exams

USDA Predicts Robust Farm Income in 2021

Week of February 1, 2021

Preparing Grain for Summer Storage

Don’t Let Politicians Control Your Farm

IDPH Provides COVID Vaccine Website

Bull Market to Continue

Week of January 25, 2021

Livestock Industry Responds to Price, Processing Issues

Prices Bode Well for Double Crop Rotation

New Issue of Connections Magazine Out Now

Perdue Exits Office After Getting USDA Jurisdiction Over Gene-Edited Livestock

IFB Offers Consumer Engagement Training

Midwest Dairy Launches Strategic Plan

Week of January 18, 2021

Enzyme Helps Ethanol Plants Get More Oil from Corn

CFAP Eligibility Expanded, Payments Updated

Will Farmers Plant Fencerow to Fencerow this Spring?

Week of January 11, 2021

Ag Must Be Part of Climate Change Negotiations

Do Your Part for Road Safety

General Assembly Returns for Lame Duck Session

AFBF President’s Address

Illinois Guide to AFBF National Convention

Week of January 4, 2021

IAA Foundation Scholarships Available

NASS to Survey Cattle Producers This Month

Winter Weather Pattern Could Get More Active

Calling IFB Members: FB ACT Needs You

Week of December 21, 2020

December Issue of CONNECTIONS Is Out Now!

COUNTRY Overcomes COVID Obstacles to Continue Serving Clients

New Round of Crop/Livestock Aid in COVID Deal

Week of December 14, 2020

IDOA Providing Online Anhydrous Ammonia Training

NASS Begins Ag Resource Management Survey

First COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive in Illinois

Week of November 30, 2020

Ag in the Classroom Auction Underway

Check USDA Status Before Visiting

7 Tips to Get Thru Pandemic Winter

Week of November 23, 2020

DeKalb County’s Turkey Farm

Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Declines

Ag in the Classroom Online Auction

IDOA Cancels Pesticide Exams Thru December

Week of November 9, 2020

Guebert: Don’t Hesitate to Call Farmer Helpline

USDA Hosting Livestock Webinars

Harvest Season Complete for Many Farmers

Week of November 2, 2020

5 Ways Election Could Impact Illinois Farmers

Elections Board Warns that Races Could Be Undecided for Days

Near Record Warmth this Week

DeKalb County Election Results

October 26, 2020

DeKalb County Farm Bureau Voters Guide

Vote NO for Progressive Tax

Rain Adds Speed Bump to Harvest Finish

CFAP Payments Reach $7 Billion

Deadline Saturday to Apply for Livestock Grants

October 19, 2020

DeKalb County Farm Bureau Voters Guide

CropWatchers DeKalb County Update

Midwest Derecho Most Costly Thunderstorm in U.S. History

U of I to Create and Extend Farmer Mental Health Services

October 12, 2020

DeKalb County Farm Bureau Voters Guide

Protecting Farm Properties from Break-Ins

Farmers Engage in Fight for ‘Vote No Progressive Tax’

September 28, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Vote NO on the Progressive Tax

Which Registrations Are Due, Which Extended

State Unveils $5 Million Grants for Livestock Farmers

September 21, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Customers Embracing Safety Practices at Local Orchard

National Farm Safety and Health Week

Prioritizing Farmer Health & Safety

September 7, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Local Orchards Now Open

Vote By Mail & Early Voting Shaped by COVID Safety Needs

Last Call for CFAP Applications

Illinois Passes 250,000 Total COVID Cases

August 31, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Keeping Kids Safe on the Farm

Crop Conditions Deteriorate

DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s CONNECTIONS Publication

August 24, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Voting by Mail? Don’t Wait to Send in Ballot

Farmland Values Resilient Amid Pandemic

IFB Annual Meeting to be Virtual Dec. 5

August 17, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Local Agritourism Striving to Offer Fall Traditions Safely

5 Tips for 2020 Soybean Harvest

Odds of Early Freeze Typically Not Great

August 10, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Illinois Hit by Derecho Storm

Economist Predicts Growth of Beef Packing Capacity

USDA Extends CFAP Deadline

August 3, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Report Unsolicited Seed Packets to IDOA

USDA Bioengineered Label Law Challenged 

Pork Exports Rely on China

July 27, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Summer Gas Prices Break at the Pump

DeKalb County Farmer Finds Unique Use for Field

July 20, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Heat Stress Management Critical for Livestock

Pop-Up Storm Activity Ramps Up

IDOA Releases Rules for Junior Livestock Shows

July 13, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Corn, Wheat Projections Fall, Soybeans Rise

Managing Farm Stress

July 7, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

PPP Application Period Extended

Coronavirus Far-Reaching Impacts

June 29, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Boosting Ethanol: Recovery After Travel Restrictions Lifted

Hog Farmers Face More Losses Despite Positive Developments

June 22, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Dicamba Use to Continue

COVID Widespread Economic Impact on Farms

June 19, 2020

CFAP: What Livestock, Nonspecialty Farmers Need to Know

June 18, 2020

Going Whole Hog (and Cow)

Ag Coalition Files Brief in Dicamba Case

June 16, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

IAITC Taking Educators to Farms Virtually

Illinois Crop Conditions Lag Neighboring States

June 15, 2020

FSA Hosting Additional CFAP Webinars

Illinois State Fair Cancelled

June 12, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Corn, Soybean Production Estimates Unchanged

Government Payouts to Make Up to 36% Farm Income

June 11, 2020

Special Funding to Help Rural Business Owners Bridge COVID Gap

Meatpacking Capacity Roars Back from April Lows

IDOA Issues Dicamba Guidelines in Response to Cancellation

June 10, 2020

IL Soybean Growers Statement on Dicamba

PPP Aid for Farms Still Available

3 Million Pig Backlog: Aftermath of Initial COVID Impact

June 9, 2020

New IFB Interactive Map Highlights Farm Diversity

U.S. EPA Responds to Vacated Dicamba Registrations

FSA Webinars will Provide CFAP Details

June 8, 2020

IFB COVID Resource Updates

Ag Economy Barometer Increases Slightly for May

Dicamba Decision Prompts Confusion & Fear

June 5, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

Weather Shift More Conducive to Crop Development

Uncertainty Hangs Over Livestock Markets

June 4, 2020

IFB, CFI Explain Food Supply Disruptions

Dicamba Registrations Vacated

Master Farmer Nominations Due Sept. 7

June 3, 2020

AFBF COVID-19 Resources

China Buys U.S. Soybeans After Halt

ARC, PLC Signup Deadline

USDA Outlines Contracts Eligible for CFAP

June 2, 2020

JOB OPPORTUNITY: County Highway Mowers

IFB COVID-19 Resource Updates

IDOT Extends Overweight Variance for Emergency Supplies

June Dairy Month Offers Chance to Reflect on Past & Reset for Future

June 1, 2020

China Halts Some U.S. Farm Imports

Resilience: The New Normal for Small Business Owners

Planting Still Ahead of Average Pace

May 29, 2020

Planting Still Ahead of Average Pace

IPPA Offering Disposal Grants

Illinois FSA Outlines CFAP Details

May 28, 2020

Corn Planting Slows but Nears the Finish Line

What You Should Know as Illinois Enters ‘Recovery’ Phase

May 27, 2020

USDA Finds Grocery Prices Rising at Highest Rate Since 2012

Loans Available for Rural Businesses and Producers

Syngenta to Build West of Kish College

Cover Crop Guidelines Updated

May 26, 2020

CFAP Application Details

CFAP Signup Begins Today

Ethanol Outlook Remains Uncertain

May 22, 2020

Harvest Levels Begin Normalizing in Hog Industry

IFB Board Requests Restore Illinois Changes 

Statement from IFB Regarding Passage of CFAP

May 21, 2020

Purdue/Microsoft Collab Calculates Supply Risk from Worker Illness

Profit Watch: Lots of Grain to Move

IDOA Handles Nearly 500 Online Pesticide Applicator Exams

May 20, 2020

CFAP Details and Application

Federal Stimulus Details – IFB

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Details – IFB

May 19, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Warm-Up Expected

President Trump Announces Direct Payments to Farmers

FSA Updates Acreage Reporting Policy

May 18, 2020

IFB COVID-19 Resources

USDA Secretary Says Despite Plant Closures, He Does Not Anticipate Food Shortages

U.S. Pork, Beef Exports Sizzle in First Quarter

May 15, 2020

USDA: Illinois Wheat Yield Up Five Bushels from Year Ago

CFAP Applications Opening Soon

Planting Rolls Between Rains, Frost Injury Not Extensive

May 14, 2020

Positive News in Pig Business, Still Many Concerns

Illinois Farm Bureau COVID-19 Resource Updates

May 13, 2020

The Road from Farm to Table РPurdue 

Farm Bureau Ramps Up Farm to Food Bank Efforts

IFB Members Urged to Respond to Action Request

May 12, 2020

How is COVID-19 Impacting Farm Business Decisions?

USDA Forecasts Record Corn Production, Jump in Exports

Canceled or Postponed? 2020 Illinois County Fairs

May 11, 2020

Equipment Industry Facing ‘Challenging Times’

IDOA Takes Emergency Action to Amend Livestock Mortality Rules

Planting Progress a Tale of Two Seasons

May 8, 2020

Perdue: “We’ve Turned the Corner” on Meatpacking Disruptions

Livestock Supplies, Equipment Needed

Coronavirus, ASF Among Factors Affecting US-China Trade Status

PPP and EIDL What Farmers Need to Know

May 7, 2020

Don’t Ignore Mental Health During Stressful Time

Secretary of State Office Reports CDL Work Going Smoothly

Packing Plant Backup Surpasses 1.5 Million Hogs

May 6, 2020

An Update on Illinois Packing Plants

What Do Vegetable Growers Do When Restaurants Close?

May 5, 2020

U of I Extension Hosting Webinar on Invasive Species

Additional Commodity Purchases Coming Later in 2020

How Will We Heal Illinois’ Agri-Food System

May 4, 2020

Fast Start to Planting Sea

son Slowed by Widespread Rains

Financial Assistance for Livestock Mortality Disposal

Wheat Crop Survives Weather Challenges

Shortage of Carbon Dioxide Threatens Food & Beverage Industries

May 1, 2020

Don’t Sweat it if Your Corn Isn’t Planted by May Day

Packing Plant Reopenings Will Begin ‘Maybe by End of this Week’

Illinois Farmers Eligible for WHIP + Payments

Fast Start to Planting Season Slowed by Rain

Financial Assistance for Livestock Mortality Disposal

April 30, 2020

“Wait and See” Approach Taken for Illinois County Fairs

USMCA Will Enter into Force July 1

April 29, 2020

IL Pig Farmers Applaud President’s Implementation of Defense Production Act

Illinois Farm Bureau Presidents Participates in Coronavirus Q&A

April 28, 2020

Trump Signs Executive Order to Keep Meat Processing Plants Open

Illinois Farm Bureau COVID-19 Resources

Illinois Farm Bureau Actions to Support Livestock Industry

IFB President Comments on Illinois Economy & Stay at Home Extension