As a company, our underlying goal is to restore 30,000,000 acres of land to native prairie grasses due to the value of sustainable prairie and the ecological, economic, social, and environmental impact it can have on all of our lives.
Restored grasslands on marginal lands by our farmers plays a pivotal role in many ways. It improves farming economics by reducing irrigation, erosion, reservoir sedimentation, chemical and fertilizer applications and runoff while increasing carbon sequestration.
Grasslands can restore our water aquifers while reducing the potential floods created by torrential rains. Grassland restoration improves the health and wellness of our families and neighbors. It preserves watersheds, wildlife, and grassland birds. Restored grasslands also provide alternative biomass sources for conversion to bioenergy products enabling a balanced and sustainable society for generations to come.
RAE & STRIPS
STRIPS stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips. The STRIPS project is composed of a team of scientists, educators, farmers, and extension specialists working on the prairie strips farmland conservation practice. Our research shows that prairie strips are an affordable option for farmers and farm landowners seeking to garner multiple benefits. By converting just 10% of a crop field to diverse, native perennials farmers and farmland owners can reduce the amount of soil leaving their fields by 90% and the amount of nitrogen leaving their fields through surface runoff by up to 85%. Prairie strips also provide potential habitat for wildlife, including pollinators and other beneficial insects.