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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

(August, 2014) STRIPS scientist Matt Liebman and farmer Seth Watkins were highlighted in an NPR story about how Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn to Adapt to Weather Extremes

(July, 2014) STRIPS farmer Seth Watkins was interviewed by NPR Morning Edition to discuss the a recent study that shows Climate Change is a Growing Threat to Corn Production

(May, 2014) Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited the STRIPS research site at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more about her visit here.

(March, 2014) Scientist Lisa Schulte Moore published an article about the benefits of STRIPS in the spring edition of the Missouri Prairie Journal.  Read more here!

(March, 2014) An article in Wallaces Farmer highlights the soil and water quality benefits of STRIPS.  Click here to learn how STRIPS retain soil and nutrients on the field.