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STRIPS stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips. The project is composed of a team of scientists, educators, farmers, and extension specialists working on the prairie strips agricultural conservation practice. Our research shows that prairie strips are an affordable option for farmers and farm landowners seeking to garner multiple conservation benefits. By converting just 10% of a crop-field to diverse, native perennials farmers and landowners can reduce the amount of soil leaving their fields by 90% and the amount of nitrogen leaving their fields by up to 85%. Prairie strips also provide habitat for biodiversity, including pollinators and other beneficial insects. 

To watch a short movie about the history, design, and benefits of prairie strips please click here.

To find out about our team, mission, vision, and guiding principles: Read More.

Interested in learning more or implementing prairie strips? Contact prairiestrips@iastate.edu today! 

Recent News

(February, 2015) STRIPS team is now working with Eastern Iowa Airport and the University of Iowa to achieve both water quality and homegrown bioenergy production goals. Click here to the airport's press release on this exciting new development.

(January, 2015) STRIPS social scientists J. Arbuckle and John Tyndall publish a new report on Iowans' expectations for agriculture and concerns about environmental quality.

(December, 2014) A post-doc position in Monarch butterfly conservation is immediately available through ISU's Department of Entomology.

(December, 2014) STRIPS has made for big news lately, including the November 19th issue of the New York Times. Read Mark Bittman's column on a Sustainable Solution for the Corn Belt. The article made the NYT's "top ten" most emailed articles of the day.

(November, 2014) Listen and watch Dr. Mary Harris describe her research on pollinators and prairie strips in this Iowa Learning Farms webinar. This webinar was first delivered on November 19th.