What does it take to implement conservation prairie strips on a farm? Our case study project titled “Towards widespread adoption of prairie conservation strips” provides a comprehensive guide to planting perennial vegetation on the agricultural landscape. Planting 10% of fields to prairie strips can reduce sediment and nutrient loss. Converting marginal land can even improve overall farm profitability. Compared to other Conservation Reserve Program practices, prairie strips (CP43) offer increased flexibility, with landowners being able to plant them both in-field and edge-of-field as well as being able to drive on them when required by farm operations. The case studies combine the practical experience and opinions of landowners, farm operators, and farm managers with the scientific rigor of the Tallgrass Prairie Center.
Click on the following links to learn more about the case studies.
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Funding Provided by The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program
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