STRIPS: Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips.

“Thumb"An interdisciplinary team of researchers from several Iowa State University departments and collaborating institutions are investigating native prairie contour strips as a tool for improving the function and integrity of row-cropped farms. The project name is STRIPS (Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie STRIPS). The effort is showing that small areas of prairie, strategically placed on the contours and foot slope of row-cropped fields, provide multifunctional benefits for farmland health. The STRIPS experiment began in 2008 on 14 small watersheds at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Des Moines, IA. The project has attracted substantial national attention and interest from diverse stakeholders, and is currently being designed for implementation and demonstration on private farmland in Iowa and Missouri. Government officials in Wisconsin have expressed interest in implementing the approach on government lands in the Yahara Watershed in order to protect water quality while supporting agricultural productivity.
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Anerobic Digestion and Biogas

UW Extension have created seven modules focused on the use of anaerobic digestion technologies. Details of the process are introduced, as well as factors that influence start-up, operation and control of anaerobic digesters at different scales.

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Researchers from University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources visit a grassland bird study site in southwestern Wisconsin. Photo by AERG.