Akron Landscaper Joins Green Farmstead Partner Program

02-07-2014 in Green Farmstead Partner

West Des Moines, Iowa – February 7, 2014 — DeBoer Tree Farm of Akron has been designated a participating landscape professional in the Green Farmstead Partner program.

The on-farm environmental initiative promotes the planning and installation of tree plantings on livestock and poultry farms. It’s a collaborative effort involving the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, Trees Forever and the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA).

The Green Farmstead Partner program provides information and resources to farmers wanting to plant trees and shrubs around new and existing cattle feedlots, hog barns and poultry buildings.

There are many benefits associated with planting trees on livestock farms, such as enhancing relationships with neighbors, improving aesthetics, controlling snow, and much more. Additionally, Iowa State University research shows that properly designed tree and shrub plantings can reduce odor by 10-15 percent.

“As a farmer myself, I know the value of having wind protection and improving aesthetics,” says Kevin DeBoer, owner of DeBoer Tree Farm. “I’m excited to be a part of the Green Farmstead Partner program and work with farmers in northwest Iowa.”

Farmers interested in participating in the Green Farmstead Partner program can get started by calling DeBoer at 712-533-6274 or visiting www.deboertreefarm.com; or contacting the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436 or logging on to www.supportfarmers.com/greenfarm.

The Green Farmstead Partner program is supported by Alliant Energy and Farm Credit Services of America.

CSIF is a non-profit organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. This positive, solutions-based approach to helping livestock farmers grow is a collaborative effort involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and the Midwest Dairy Association.  For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.

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