About Us:

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.

What's New?

August 12: STRIPS scientist Matt Liebman and farmer Seth Watkins were highlighted in an NPR news program today about farmers adapting to weather extremes.

June 12: Listen to STRIPS farmer cooperator Seth Watkins on NPR's Morning Edition.

June 9: The annual STRIPS project stakeholder meeting is scheduled for June 9th, 2014 at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Please contact Matt Helmers if you are interested in attending.

May 15: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visits the STRIPs research site at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

March 14: Read about prairie strips in Missouri Prairie Journal and Wallaces Farmer magazine.

March 3: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture publishes new brochure on STRIPS results.

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.

August 20: Hear Matt Helmers, Pauline Drobney, and farmer Gary Van Rys Wyk talk about prairie strips in a new podcast produced by the Land Stewardship Project.

July 22: Hear Lisa Schulte Moore and STRIPS NRCS collaborator Doug Davenport and farmer collaborator Seth Watkins on Iowa Public Radio.