Seth Watkins is a cow-calf livestock farmer from Clarinda, Iowa. He also farms 800 ac of corn, soybeans, oats, and alfalfa. He chatted with Lisa Schulte Moore from the STRIPS team on June 16, 2017 about why he sees prairie strips as a good option for his farm. He also shared some of his experiences as a farmer in establishing and farming around prairie strips.
Lisa: What were your goals in establishing prairie strips?
Dan Stoffel grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa on Washington County’s rolling terrain in southeast Wisconsin. Prior to returning home to farm with his brothers Lee and Tim, he worked as a biochemist. Dan was interviewed by Casey Langan, Communications Director of the Sand County Foundation.
Darwin Pierce is the Farm Manager at Whiterock Conservancy, 5,500 acre non-profit land trust near Coon Rapids, Iowa. Whiterock's mission is to balance sustainable agriculture, natural resource protection, and public recreation. Mr. Pierce was interviewed by Rob Davis, Whiterock's Conservation Land Manager, in March, 2018 about why he pursued prairie strips as a practice for one of the row-crop fields at the Conservancy.
Rob: How were you first introduced to prairie strips?
Shami Morse and her siblings own their family farm in Iowa County, Iowa. They established 16 acres of prairie strips on a 200 acre row crop field in the fall of 2014. She chatted with J. Arbuckle from the STRIPS team on July 16, 2018 about why she sees prairie strips as a good option for their cropland.
J.: How were you first introduced to the prairie strips?
Tim Smith is from Eagle Grove, Iowa and farms 800 ac of corn and soybeans. He chatted with Lisa Schulte Moore from the STRIPS team on June 1, 2017 about why he sees prairie strips as a good option for his farm. He also shared some of his experiences as a farmer in establishing and farming around prairie strips.