Solon landscaper joins Green Farmstead Partner program

02-25-2021 in Green Farmstead Partner

Ben Harrison of Solon has been designated a participating landscape professional in the Green Farmstead Partner Program. Harrison, an Iowa native, owns and operates EcoScapes IA, a company focused on providing quality service in the areas of trees, ecology and landscaping.

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.

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).

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.

“I decided to join the program because I want to get back to what I love doing – getting more involved with natural resources and conservation practices to enhance the environment in rural Iowa,” says Ben Harrison, owner of EcoScapes IA. “I’m excited to be a part of the Green Farmstead Partner Program and work with farmers in eastern Iowa.”

Farmers interested in participating in the Green Farmstead Partner program can get started by calling Ben at 515.480.2861 or visiting ecoscapesia.com; or contacting the Coalition at 800.932.2436 or supportfarmers.com/greenfarmsteadpartner.

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 Beef Industry Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy.  For more information, call 800.932.2436 or visit supportfarmers.com.

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