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October 10, 2017
Perforated tile are buried under cropland to remove excess water detrimental to crop production. Farmers and landowners considering installing strips of prairie plants in their fields have asked about the possibility of roots growing into tile lines. To address this potential, Tim Younquist and...
October 03, 2017
The STRIPS team published the results of their decade-long study of the impacts of prairie strips on corn-soybean croplands at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in one of the world's top scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. The...
September 26, 2017
The STRIPS team was recently awarded grants from Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, The McKnight Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation to train Technical Service Providers (TSPs), Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs), and other farm advisors for certification in prairie strips design,...
September 07, 2017
Partnering with Iowa State University's Extension and Outreach and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the STRIPS team published updates of our informational brochures in June 2017. This series of publications includes many of the lessons the STRIPS team has...
May 18, 2017
Information on prairie strips will be presented at the the following field days and extension events in 2017. June 15: Private farm in Montgomery County. This event begins at 10 am and is open to members of Practical Farmers of Iowa and Trees Forever. Contact one of these organizations...
October 30, 2016
Got your harvest in the bin? Fall, winter, and early spring are great times for learning about, laying out, and seeding prairie strips. See our Practice Establishment & Management page and FAQ list for more information. You can also visit this new Iowa State University website hosting a...
June 08, 2016
Information on prairie strips will be presented at the the following field days and extension events in 2016. June 21: Western Iowa No-Till Field Day at the Carstens 1880 Farmstead south of Shelby, Iowa. The event begins at 9 am. Team members Matt Liebman and Tim Youngquist will be...
May 18, 2016
Work by a Master's student at Wageningen University in The Netherlands supports prairie strips practice. Read summary here.
January 25, 2016
The foundations for prairie strips continue to accumulate. Recent publications detailing these foundations include: Investigating opportunities for enhancing adoption of strategically targeted prairie strips in Iowa by J. Arbuckle,  Perspectives of extension agents and...
July 29, 2015
Have questions about prairie strips? Visit our new Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Have questions about the potential for prairie strips on your land? Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQs) brochure: 2015-05-prairie-strips-my-land-frequently-asked-questions.pdf. (1.2...
July 12, 2015
STRIPS Farmer Cooperator Tim Smith will present on July 22 as a part of an ISU Extension webinar series on drainage water management.
April 23, 2015
STRIPS Farmer Liaison presents on "Spreading Prairie to Iowa Farms" in this recent Iowa Learning Farms webinar. Tim is the best person on the team to ask questions of when it comes to on-farm implementation of prairie strips.
April 09, 2015
Read about prairie strips in Corn & Soybean Digest. STRIPS Farmer Liaison Tim Youngquist says, “Each field is unique; each farmer’s entrepreneurial spirit is different. We consider equipment width and ‘farmability’ to avoid dramatically changing a field’s existing farming pattern.”
February 24, 2015
(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.
February 02, 2015
(January, 2015) STRIPS social scientists J. Arbuckle and John Tyndall published a report on Iowans' expectations for agriculture and concerns about environmental quality.
December 11, 2014
(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. Also see WHO-TV's Agribusiness...
November 25, 2014
(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. 
November 25, 2014
(November, 2014) Listen to webinar by Lisa Schulte Moore on the science and practice of prairie strips! The webinar was hosted by The Stewardship Network and was originally delivered on November 12th. 
November 05, 2014
(November, 2014) Learn more about "STRIPS - The Movie" through this news release prepared by our partner, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. We also celebrate our 100th acre in prairie strips this month! New videos focus on PRAIRIE STRIPS as an emerging conservation practice...
October 15, 2014
(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
October 14, 2014
(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
October 13, 2014
(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.
October 12, 2014
(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!
October 11, 2014
(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.
October 10, 2014
(Spring, 2014) The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture published a brief progress report on the STRIPS project in their quarterly newsletter, The Leopold Letter, on page 4.

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