Illinois Pork Producers Offer Fourth Round of Tree Buffer Funding

Taylor Wildermuth, Henry County Pork Producers President and IPPA member, stands in front of his barn where he planted a tree buffer with help from the first round of IPPA tree buffer cost-share program. ( IPPA )

Source: IPPA

The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is offering an 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 fourth wave of applications is now available. 

“Tree buffers are just one of the current best management practices that pig farmers are embracing to benefit the environment. We are proud to offer these cost share opportunities to progressive pig farmers who understand the importance of stewardship for our future generations,” says Jennifer Tirey, Executive Director of IPPA. 

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. Funding aids with the purchase of trees and shrubs, as well as design and tree placement. IPPA will match up to $2,500 of the cost. 

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 in helping make healthy, attractive communities,” Funk says. 

Pig farmers interested in applying for cost share funds can download the application at Applications will be accepted through July 15.  

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