Right now, only the Netherlands has mandated that its farmers use windbreaks. The English and Australian governments are starting to promote the idea.
In the United States, the NRCS runs a program that assists farmers in planting and maintaining windbreaks.
The Ohio NRCS office recommends plants like the eastern white pine, Norway spruce, or pin oak, among others. It also asks that farmers supplement windbreaks with flowering shrubs such as silky dogwood that provide habitat for wildlife.
For about 20 cents per foot, farmers in northwest Ohio can call on NRCS specialists to plant windbreak seedlings and maintain them for two years. At that cost, the typical 2000-foot stretch of windbreak runs about $400 -- which the agency says is comparable to what farmers would spend to do the job on their own.