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Iowa State Researchers’ prairie strips now part of federal conservation program


Farmers and landowners enrolling acres in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program have a new practice available to them, reports Iowa Public Radio. Prairie strips, or areas of native grasses and flowers, have proved helpful in keeping soil in place, preventing nutrients from washing away and increasing the presence of birds and bees. Research by Iowa State University prompted five years of funding from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to support prairie strips as another conservation practice available to agricultural landowners.  

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