Losing Grasslands
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:25 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Production agriculture's reach for higher profits in response to the recent commodity boom is to blame for a depletion of grasslands in the Western Corn Belt and diminishing populations of native birds in North America and Europe, according to two studies released in the past week.

The studies come at a time when the future of conservation programs and biofuels could depend on the outcome of ongoing budget battles in Washington and on a national campaign by oil companies and others to eliminate the Renewable Fuels Standard.

A South Dakota State University study sounds alarm bells about ...

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