The public is invited to Ben Leichty's turkey farm Thursday, September 8, 2011 in southeast Iowa to showcase how today's farmers care for the environment. The event is being hosted by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers.
Activities begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Wayland Stockyards and include a free lunch followed by a workshop at the farm featuring Leichty's recently installed shelterbelt through CSIF's Green Farmstead Partner program.
"The purpose of the workshop is to showcase responsible and successful livestock farming through the planting of windbreaks and shelterbelts," says Brian Waddingham, CSIF executive director. "Participating in the Green Farmstead Partner program allows livestock farmers, like the Leichtys, to gain timely and cost-effective assistance in the planting of trees and shrubs around new and existing cattle feedlots, hog and poultry barns."
An example of farmers and environmental community working together
A well-designed tree and shrub planting can provide numerous benefits for farmers, their livestock and their neighbors. During the chilly Iowa winters, it can help control snow deposition and can help cool the air in the hot summer months. The installation of trees and shrubs also enhances soil and water quality, conserves energy usage, improves site aesthetics and creates a more pleasant working condition for farmers and their employees year-round. Iowa State University research has found that windbreaks can reduce odor from livestock barns by 10% to 15%.
The Green Farmstead Partner program is a joint effort of CSIF, Trees Forever and the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association. "It's another example of how farmers and the environmental community are working together," Waddingham says. The workshop is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. You'll also enjoy a free, delicious turkey lunch.
What: Green Farmstead Partner program workshop
When: Thursday, September 8, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Wayland Stockyards, 312 E Highway 78, Wayland (Bus transportation will be available to go out to the turkey farm)
The Green Farmstead Partner program is financially supported by Kent Feeds, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Farm Credit Services of America, Alliant Energy and West Central. For more information about the workshop, or to participate in the Green Farmstead Partner program, call the Coalition at 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.
The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers 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. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact CSIF at 1-800-932-2436. For more information on how CSIF can help you, visit www.supportfarmers.com.