It's a simple fact, Illinois hog farmers are generous with their time and resources. They care about their neighbors and fellow citizens. Giving back is a cornerstone of what Illinois pig farmers do.
During the calendar year, there are many funding opportunities and scholarships available.
IPPA offers a program with matching co-op dollars to assist individual pig farmers, county pork producer groups and a variety of other types of organizations to be more positively involved and visible in their communities. The Illinois Pork Community Outreach Co-op Program will match up to $250 for the purchase of pork products. This program has closed for 2023.
Tree buffers are just one of the current best management practices that pig farmers are embracing to benefit the environment. A buffer is an area of trees that are strategically placed to provide a wind break, recycle clean air, and provide curb appeal to a landscape.
IPPA is offering pig farmers in Illinois a new grant opportunity this year. The Farm Beautification Grant allows producers to apply for up to $1,000 to purchase flag poles, landscaping, plants, signage and labor installation around their barns.
Several scholarships are available.
This program will provide reimbursable funds up to $250 to farm owners to invest back in their employees.