SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Pig farmers in Illinois have the opportunity to apply for a tree buffer cost-share program.

The Illinois Pork Producers Association is offering this incentive for farmers to implement fresh landscaping on their pig farms. Pig farmers from across the state already have utilized this program in the last year. A fourth wave of applications now is 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.” said 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 also may play a role by suggesting the best types of trees for the desired location. This group effort is to ensure farmers have 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 said.

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

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