Sand County Foundation Receives Research Grant
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/30/2019
The United Soybean Board has awarded a grant to the Sand County Foundation to demonstrate how prairie filter strips can improve water quality and increase biodiversity on soybean farms. The $107,500 grant supports the group's work with farmers and
conservation partners in three Midwestern watersheds.
A prairie strip is a farmland conservation practice that incorporates diverse, native vegetation within crop fields to capture runoff. Research from Iowa State University has shown that placing prairie strips on 10 percent of a farm field can reduce soil erosion by
more than 90 percent and nutrient loss by more than 80 percent. Prairie strips also provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.
The grant broadens the scope of the foundation's efforts to demonstrate prairie filter strips on Wisconsin farms of varying soil types, typographies and management styles.
Sand County Foundation, a national non-profit that works at the intersection of agriculture and environmental improvement, will work with farmers to install prairie strips, study their economic and environmental impacts, and share the findings with landowners,
municipalities, lake associations and other water quality stakeholders.