Why Prairie Strips?


Image of farmer and farm land owner standing in an establishing prairie stripOur cooperating farmers, farm managers, and farmland owners are best at explaining why and how prairie strips fit into the commercial farm environment. They are also passionate about sharing their perspectives with others. Here we've captured their thoughts and experiences in a series of short interviews. 

  • Eric Hoien, from Spirit Lake, owns four farms in northwest Iowa. Find his testimonial here
  • David Gossman crops the best and covers the rest of his farm in Jackson County, Iowa. Starting in 1996, at the recommendation of his farmer, he started converting many of his farm's sensitive areas to prairie, including prairie strips. Read his testimonial here.
  • Maggie McQuown returned to the farm she grew up on near Red Oak and became and early adopter of prairie strips. Find her testimonial here.
  • 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. Find her testimonial here. 
  • Paul Mugge farms organic corn, soybeans, small grains, and alfalfa in O'Brien County, Iowa. He pioneered prairie strips before they were cool. Find his testimonial here
  • Darwin Pierce is the Farm Manager at Whiterock Conservancy, located just outside of Coon Rapids, Iowa. Find his testimonial here.
  • Tim Smith is a corn and soybean farmer near Eagle Grove, Iowa. Find his testimonial here.                                                                                                                                     
  • Dan Stoffel grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa on Washington County‚Äôs rolling terrain in southeast Wisconsin. Prior to returning home to farm with his brothers Lee and Tim, he worked as a biochemist. Find his testimonial here.
  • Lee Tesdell owns and manages his family's Century Farm near Slater, Iowa. Find his testimonial here.
  • Seth Watkins is a cow-calf farmer who also grows corn, soybeans, oats, and alfalfa near Clarinda, Iowa. Find his testimonial here.