CSIF Derecho Windbreak Grant Program
Introducing the Derecho Windbreak Grant Program!
As a friend of agriculture, you understand the enormous impact of the August 10th derecho that wreaked havoc across Iowa + decimated generations of farm families. Steel buildings collapsed, crops were flattened, livestock buildings were split in two + precious windbreaks were shredded.
Farmers are no strangers to adversity; however, rebuilding in a pandemic year – on top of years of challenging markets – is proving to be a seismic lift.
At the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), we take a positive, solutions-based approach helping livestock farmers successfully + responsibly grow or start their farm.
We launched the Derecho Windbreak Grant Program to help livestock + poultry farmers repair or replace windbreaks around their livestock buildings damaged by the derecho.
CSIF became involved after seeing firsthand the devastation the derecho caused on farms. The Derecho Windbreak Grant Program is a natural fit for us through our Green Farmstead Partner (GFP) program.
The GFP program was created in 2009 to provide livestock farmers with help to establish tree + shrub plantings specifically designed for livestock farms. Through a unique partnership with the Iowa Nursery + Landscape Association ++ Trees Forever, the program offers the expertise of 28 nursery professionals around the state. Research shows planting rows of shrubs + trees on livestock farms serve as a natural filtration system for odors, helps conserve energy, provides additional shade in the summer + protection from snow + improves neighbor relations.
Donation funds will assist Iowa livestock farmers in repairing + refurbishing windbreaks that were damaged or destroyed during the derecho.