Clear Lake Landscaper Joins Green Farmstead Partner Program

03-22-2016 in Green Farmstead Partner

West Des Moines, Iowa – March 22, 2016 — Country Landscapes of Clear Lake 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.

The Green Farmstead Partner program provides information and resources to farmers wanting to plant trees and shrubs around new and existing livestock barns and feedlots. There are many benefits associated with planting trees on livestock farms, including controlling wind and snow, enhancing relationships with neighbors and improving aesthetics. Research conducted at Iowa State University shows that properly designed tree and shrub plantings can reduce odor by 10-15 percent.

“I’m excited to work with farmers to help them reap the many benefits trees can bring to farms and rural areas,” says Virgil Widger, Landscape Designer for Country Landscapes. “To get the biggest bang for your buck, it’s important to start with a good plan that includes a diversity of tree species to maximize the functionality and longevity of the planting.”

Farmers interested in planting trees on their livestock farm can get started by calling Widger at 800-794-9795 or visiting; or contacting the Coalition at 800-932-2436 or logging on to

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

CSIF was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock successfully and responsibly. It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436 or visit


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