The STRIPS team was recently awarded grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation to train Technical Service Providers (TSPs) and Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) for certification in prairie strips design, establishment and monitoring. More certified technicians will allow more Iowa farmers to use this conservation tool. Training workshops will cover topics including field mapping, plant identification, seed mixtures, maintenance, determining costs and more. A limited number of qualified attendees will receive a $250 stipend for the workshop, and a $1,000 bonus after successful installation of prairie strips on their first field. Participants will create a communications piece to support their business credentials in prairie strips.
A preliminary training will be held at the Iowa Water Conference on Thursday, March 23. The dates and locations for the in-depth trainings are now being set. Contact Nancy Grudens-Schuck or Tim Youngquist for more information.