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Prairie Strips Now Eligible Conservation Practice for CRP

Prairie strips are now an official practice under the Conservation Reserve Program’s (CRP) Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers Initiative. Iowa State University researchers helped with the process of having the practice approved by translating experimental findings into real-world management guidelines that could be incorporated in policy. The new policy has been approved by USDA, and farmers who participate in the ongoing Continuous CRP signup that opened in December can offer to apply prairie strips. ISU scientists have documented a range of benefits from prairie strips during the past 10 years of research.