To spread the word and adoption of this new conservation practice, the STRIPS team relies on the influence of multiple entities to work with Midwestern farming communities. These include partner organizations, cooperating landowners, scientists, educators, and extension specialists to visually display signage, conduct research, host educational field days and provide extension workshops.
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Placing signage in highly visible areas will promote social engagement. Once a planting is well established, the prairie strips demonstrate their own beauty. The newly planted prairie will look “weedy” during the first year and will look more like a prairie as time goes on. Farmers and farmland owners that have prairie strips will find it important to educate their neighbors and others about the newly planted prairie and engage them throughout the process. Properly placed signage will not only promote good social engagement but will also help direct chemical applicators away from the prairie strips.
Prairie Strips Consultants
In the summer and fall of 2017,five workshops were held as part of a three-part "Become a Prairie Strips Consultant" program. The Prairie Strips Team successfully trained 91 advisers in prairie strip research, design and management. Participants include technical service providers (TSPs), extension staff, engineers, educators, and graduate students.
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The Prairie Strips Team thanks the McKnight Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance for making this program possible.