Alternative Systems and Environmental Quality

 Prairie Strips in Row Crops - Scientists from the STRIPS research team (Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips) have shown that by strategically converting as little as 10 percent of a row-cropped field to perennial prairie - in narrow patches along contours and foot slopes - farmers and landowners can reduce sediment movement off their field by 95 percent, total phosphorus loss by 90 percent, and total nitrogen loss by nearly 85 percent. 

 A Targeted Conservation Approach for Improving Environmental Quality - This document is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn about the importance of natural resources. Specific sections on: air, soil, water, natural habitats and wildlife.

 Prairie Strip Sediment Removal - This article is a summary of a study of using native prairie plants’ natural ability to increase water infiltration into the soil to reduce erosion and remove chemical leeching into waterways. Research was conducted on conventional agricultural land in central Iowa within the Walnut Creek Watershed.

 Visit Iowa Farms - The ISU Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture program sponsors the Visit Iowa Farms website and provides agritourism programming to Iowa farmers.  The website provides resources for producers looking to enter into agritourism, and provides a marketing avenue for agritourism operations in Iowa.

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