The STRIPS project began in 2003, when Iowa State University scientists began discussing the opportunity to test the effects of integrating restored prairie in crop fields with managers at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Together, the scientists and refuge managers established four different treatments on 12 small watersheds at Neal Smith in 2007. As of 2012, we're now also working on a growing number of commercial farm fields across Iowa and northern Missouri. Read more about the research background, farmer collaborators, and research topics here.
The Science-based Trails of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project grew significantly in 2018 to include additional farms, institutions, and regions. The STRIPS team added a new team member to help support the expanded collaboration and welcomes Omar de Kok-Mercado as their new Project Coordinator! Omar received his B.S. degree in Agronomy and M.S. in Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry from Iowa State University. Read more about STRIPS in 2018: A Brief Review