Welcome to the STRIPs project! We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers, educators, and extension specialists studying the impacts of integrating small strips of prairie within row-cropped agricultural landscapes. STRIPs stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairies and our experiemental site is located at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.
We encourage you to visit the links above to learn more about our project, current findings, and upcoming opportunities. Please tell us what you think!
While STRIPs results from the endeavors and support of many, we especially thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for their leading role in the project. Click the following links for a full list of project participants and partners.
September 27: More STRIPs publicity! Read an article with interviews from Mary Harris and Matt O'Neal in the latest issue of Clean Water With Us on the conservation potential of prairie strips.
September 20: John Tyndall was heard on Iowa Public Radio today discussing the cost-effectiveness of prairie strips.
July 22: Hear Lisa Schulte Moore and STRIPS NRCS collaborator Doug Davenport and farmer collaborator Seth Watkins on Iowa Public Radio.
June 27th: Exciting development -- Seth Watkins seeds the first STRIPs on-farm research and demonstration trail on his farm!
April 9th: Read our new news release on STRIPs here.
March 14th: The STRIPs team has published two new research articles in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. Read about "Targeting perennial vegetation in agricultural landscapes for enhancing ecosystem services" and "Using biodiversity to link agricultural productivity with environmental quality: results from three field experiments in Iowa".
March 4th: Come hear Matt Liebman (ISU scientist), Doug Davenport (NRCS District Conservationist), and Seth Watkins present on STRIPs at the Iowa Water Conference.