Illinois pork farmers encouraged to put tree buffers in place
Pork farmers in Illinois can again get financial help to plant tree buffers thanks to a cost-sharing program from the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB).
“Tree buffers are just one of the current best management practices that pig farmers are embracing to benefit the environment, Jennifer Tirey, executive director of the IPPA, said, according to the online source Feedstuffs. "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."
The cost-sharing program helps pork producers buy the appropriate greenery and place the trees and bushes in the best configuration. In addition to making a pig farm look more appealing, the strategically placed trees improve the landscape, freshen the air and create a windbreak.
"The trees are here for a purpose," Jay Solomon, a University of Illinois Extension educator told Farmweeknow.com. Solomon is part of the cost-sharing initiative.
The program first-come, first-served, and farmers are encouraged to visit ilpork.com and submit an application by Oct. 7.