At the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR) and Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs are collaborating with the STRIPS team to increase the adoption of prairie strips on agricultural landscapes across the Midwest. Through the development of the MiSTRIPS program, the KBS team will work alongside seven other contributing states. These states will form a regional partnership that delivers programming and networking opportunities to increase the scale and adoption of prairie strips conservation practices on farms.

MiSTRIPS will help expand STIRPS’ efforts within Michigan by connecting agencies, stakeholders, farmers, and farm landowners to technical support, resources, and networking opportunities and through a series of prairie strip field days, publications, and meetings. The creation of MiSTRIPS aligns with broader goals of the KBS LTER by connecting long-term research to on-farm practices.

The MiSTRIPS program kicked off with a field day event at the Hasenick Brothers Farm. The audience included a diverse mix of people including farmers and farm landowners, as well as people representing agencies, organizations and universities who are interested in implementing prairie strips as a conservation practice on Michigan landscapes. 

With prairie strips now an eligible practice under the Conservation Reserve Program (CP-43), there is more opportunity for prairie strips to become a common conservation practice for the added ecological benefit that they provide.