A new partnership between Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) will plant tree buffers and foster stewardship on swine farms across the state.
The goal is to help farmers plant buffers specifically designed for their hog farms to serve as windbreaks and provide other environmental benefits. The buffer cost-share program builds on a successful one IPPA offered last year.
“IFB and IPPA are partnering together to help financially support this stewardship program,” said Lauren Lurkins, IFB director of natural and environmental resources. “Not only will this program benefit pork producers, but it will also benefit the agriculture industry.”
The cost-share program will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for assistance with design and purchase of trees and shrubs. Click here for an application.
Jennifer Tirey, IPPA executive director, explained participating farmers will benefit from the expertise of University of Illinois Extension specialists and Ted Funk, an environmental engineer. Funk will help with buffer design and placement, while Extension experts will assist with vegetation selection suitable and practical for the specific site, Tirey noted.
“Farm Bureau, as an organization, has taken pride in leading on environmental issues and has promoted good stewardship,” said IFB Director David Meiss, who represents IFB at IPPA. “This program is one way to demonstrate that stewardship.”