Growing Benefits of Prairie Agriculture

By centering the knowledge and experience of diverse lands and people, our network is harnessing prairies’ inherent resilience, and helping beneficial agriculture take root across the region.

THE FRAMEWORK

Co-creating the knowledge we need

Prairie producers continuously adjust their practices to make the most of changing conditions. To understand how soil carbon, biodiversity, and other important benefits are affected, research must be attuned to the details of real-world management. By regularly integrating on-the-ground results with insights from diverse collaborators, our living lab is steadily improving our understanding of the strategies that work best for our region.

Our Local Context

Advancing prairie-proven solutions, together

Prairie systems show us how to thrive in a challenging and ever-changing environment. Through our collaboration, we are tapping into a wealth of local knowledge, studying a range of real-world scenarios, and building on the most promising strategies, in order to define and promote solutions that are best suited to the place we call home.

OUR LIVING LAB →

Avoiding land conversion

Retaining native and naturalized landscapes, including native and tame grasslands, riparian, wetland, and shrubby or wooded areas.

Managing grazing impacts

Actively manipulating timing and intensity of grazing and rest in native and tame rangelands.

Promoting perennials

Restoring and rejuvenating perennial grassland communities to use as pasture or hayland.

Polycropping

Planting cropland with diverse species blends to use as forage or fodder for livestock.

Our stories

The unique stories of prairie land managers and collaborators enrich and enlighten our work. Their experiences offer inspiration, ideas, and opportunities to shift our focus towards building a promising future agriculture together.

Be part of shaping the story

All with a stake in prairie agriculture are invited to join us. Your unique contributions can help to shape our approaches, our priorities, and our definitions of success. Get involved to make an impact on the landscapes and communities that carry us forward together.

Producers

Scientists

First Nations

Opportunities to connect

Join us at upcoming events to connect, learn, and actively engage with the future of prairie agriculture.

Living Lab – Central Prairies Co-development Meeting

Living Lab participants review experiences in 2023 and prioritize for 2024.

Producers, researchers, and others involved with the living lab will come together to review their experiences in 2023, and discuss and prioritize their needs and interests for 2024 and beyond.

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2023 Transboundary Grassland Partnership Workshop

Discuss emerging issues affecting native grasslands.

Numerous living lab participants will be presenting and attending this event to discuss emerging issues affecting native grasslands. Presentations will review soil organic carbon research, bird and insect biodiversity, grassland restoration and more.

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Sharing our progress

Stay informed about our journey toward a resilient prairie agriculture that benefits us all.

Nov 24, 2023

Data Collection Update

In 2023, the Living Lab – Central Prairies launched extensive field work across prairie ecoregions, with teams...