Restoring our Foundational Landscape — The Misunderstood and Underappreciated Prairie

By Peter Carrels

A version of this essay appeared in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, April 19, 2018

In early morning my friend Michael and I hiked through dense and dewy calf-high prairie grasses, carefully avoiding partially exposed stones embedded in the rolling terrain. Exploring those hillsides and summits we marveled at a sprawling native grassland –an authentic prairie with a great diversity of plants- that flourished because human ownership and management understood and respected the bounty of its soils and biology. 

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Art Cullen to Deliver Lecture at Augustana

On September 13th FBSR and Augustana’s Center for Western Studies are bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer Art Cullen (from Storm Lake, Iowa) to Sioux Falls to discuss agricultural pollution and the influence of corporate agriculture on farming practices.

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Tile Draining & Water Quality in Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota is seeing an increase in unregulated tile drainage, which is threatening the state's water quality. These developments serve as an example of poor land management and should help agricultural communities such as South Dakota see what we risk by following in their footsteps. To learn more about this trend, read Dennis Anderson's expose, "Unregulated farm tiling puts state's water at risk," in Minnesota's Star Tribune. 


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