Prairie strips are a conservation practice that strategically places native prairie plantings into crops fields with the goal of increasing biodiversity, enhancing water quality, and improving soil health.
The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program is collaborating with the Iowa State University Science-Based Trails of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (S.T.R.I.P.S.) 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 to 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.