08.8.2016

Washington Post: Iowa Farmers Ripped Out Prairie; Now Some Hope it Can Save Them"

Washington Post: “Iowa farmers ripped out prairie; now some hope it can save them”

SoAR’s Retaking The Field report profiled Lisa Schulte-Moore of Iowa State University who used a USDA AFRI grant to show how strips of native prairie protects soil and water.  As a result, The Washington Post featured Dr. Schulte-Moore and her team’s cutting-edge work.   

Read Darryl Fears piece: “Iowa farmers ripped out prairie; now some hope it can save them” at http://wpo.st/te-r1

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