GREENFIELD – Start thinking now of beautifying farmsteads or acreages for the future generations by planting some trees.
Windbreaks can be an integral part of farms and acreage landscapes. Farmstead windbreaks and field shelterbelts have positive effects on several environmental conditions including reductions in wind erosion, reducing chill factors during the winter months, reduction in drying of plants during the summer, improved heat budgets for houses and buildings, improved feed conversion of feedlot animals, improved wildlife habitat and property value enhancement through beautification.
REAP funds are available through the Adair County SWCD with 75 percent of the eligible cost, not to exceed a payment of $22.50 per tree and $3.75 per shrub with the district maximum REAP payment on windbreaks at $1,500. Cattle must be excluded from windbreaks.
Contact the local Adair County Soil and Water Conservation District/Natural Resources Conservation Service office at 641-343-7033 for a tree order form and for more information.