Planting trees and shrubs on your livestock farm is a great way to control snow during the harsh Iowa winter, cool air in the warm summer months, improve site aesthetics, provide a windbreak, improve neighbor relations and much more!

“Working through the Coalition’s Green Farmstead Partner program has helped us identify cost-share programs and nurseries that have worked with other livestock facilities. (It) is a great resource for Iowa’s farmers.” —AJ and Kellie Blair, grain and livestock farmers,  Webster County 

So how do you get started?

The best place to begin is to personally assess your farm site, determine your goals and develop a timeline for when you would want to start and complete your project.

However, we understand that it can be difficult to know how to start the process. That is why we are here! If you have questions, are unsure of what your best options are or would just like some ideas, call the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436.

The next step is to contact a nursery and landscape professional to discuss your needs, wants and options. The Green Farmstead Partner Program (GFP), in partnership with the Iowa Nursery & Landscape Association and Trees Forever, is training nursery professionals throughout the state who can be of assistance. They have the expertise and are available to design a cost-effective and time-efficient windbreak for your farm. 

By using a GFP nursery, it will be easy for a farmer to qualify for the personalized GFP farm sign. However, if you have an established tree planting or have done the job yourself, you can still be a Green Farmstead Partner!

A great resource is the Green Farmstead Partner program blog. Another is "A Guide for Installing Vegetative Environmental Buffers." 

For additional information, you can contact the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers at 1-800-932-2436.

To request a personalized GFP sign (sample pictured below) at no cost to display at the site of your tree planting, please provide the following information to Brian Waddingham by emailing or calling 800-932-2436:

City & Zip Code
Phone Number
Best Time of Day to Reach You
Livestock Raised
Description of tree planting (photos are preferable)