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Illinois pig farmers implementing tree buffers across the state

Pig farmers in Illinois have the opportunity to take part in a tree buffer cost-share program. The Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Farm Bureau are offering this incentive for farmers to implement fresh landscaping on their pig farms.

Pig farmers from across the state have already utilized this program in the last year. A second wave of applications is now available for the 2017-18 year. “Tree buffers are just one of the current best management practices that pig farmers are embracing to benefit the environment. We are proud to partner with the Illinois Farm Bureau to offer these cost share opportunities to progressive pig farmers who understand the importance of stewardship for our future generations,” says Jennifer Tirey, IPPA executive director.

A buffer is an area of trees that are strategically placed to provide a wind break, recycle clean air, and provide curb appeal to a landscape. This cost-share program is offered to Illinois pig farmers on a first-come first-serve basis. The funding helps provide assistance for the purchase of trees and shrubs, as well as design and tree placement.

Ted Funk, environmental engineer for IPPA funded in part by the Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program, provides his talents of research and planning to benefit the farmer. A local Extension educator may also play a role by suggesting the best types of trees for the desired location. This group effort is to ensure the farmer has all the right tools they need to create a useful tree buffer.

“It’s exciting to work with pork producers who are committed to making their farms look great by using some strategic landscaping vegetation. I’m pleased to see the continuing interest of Illinois commodity groups and Illinois Farm Bureau, in helping make healthy, attractive communities,” says Funk. “What a great partnership!”

Both IPPA and IFB are committed to providing farmers with necessary tools to benefit the environment. “Illinois Farm Bureau has made leading on environmental issues a priority, and this partnership will bring real benefits to both pig farmers and the environment,” says Lauren Lurkins, director of Natural and Environmental Resources for IFB.

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