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Paul Mugge - Farmer

Paul Mugge farms 300 acres of organic corn, soybeans, small grains, and alfalfa in O’Brien County, Iowa. He has been all farming since 1976 and all organic since 2002. He’s a prairie strips pioneer, having established his first prairie strip in 2002. He shared his story with J. Arbuckle from the STRIPS team on July 16, 2018.

J.: What were your goals in establishing prairie strips?

Maggie McQuown - Landowner

Maggie McQuown and her husband Steve Turman live on the farm Maggie grew up on outside of Red Oak, Iowa. Her 170-acre “Resilient Farms” includes a market garden, 130 acres of corn and soybeans, and a variety of conservation features including a riparian buffer and prairie strips. She chatted with J. Arbuckle from the STRIPS team on July 16, 2018 about why she sees prairie strips as a good option for her cropland.

J.: How were you first introduced to prairie strips?

David Gossman - Landowner

David Gossman owns 670 acres in Jackson County, Iowa, 220 of which he share crops with his farmer. They farm corn and soybeans using conventional methods. He is a prairie reconstruction pioneer, establishing many patches of prairie on his farm starting in 1996. He met with Tim Youngquist from the STRIPS team on September 29, 2018 to discuss his motivations and methods for establishing prairie strips.

Tim: How were you first introduced to prairie strips?

Tim Smith - Farmer

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.

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation: Eric Hoein Prairie Strips Virtual Field Day - Part 2

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

This virtual event will discuss prairie strips more generally and go into detail on how landowners like the Hoeins and organizations like the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation are working with farmland tenants to design, install, and manage prairie strips for soil health, water quality and wildlife.  Time for Q&A will be provided.  Partnered with PFI and INHF.   Read more about Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation: Eric Hoein Prairie Strips Virtual Field Day - Part 2

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