On March 20, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10, ordering individuals currently living in the State of Illinois to stay at home with the exception of Essential Businesses and Operations. In issuing this Order, Governor Pritzker continued his recognition of the Agricultural industry as a fundamental building block to the State. To that end, Governor Pritzker's Executive Order expressly considers the following to be an Essential Business and Operation:
Food, beverage, and cannabis production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; licensed medical and adult use cannabis dispensaries and licensed cannabis cultivation centers; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities.
The Department greatly appreciates Governor Pritzker's commitment to Agriculture. The Department wants to assure the agricultural community that its vital work will continue.