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Cows grazing

Landowner/Producer Assistance Programs

The Meadowlark Initiative is intended to provide landowners a one-stop-shop for programs and practices available through various private, state and federal conservation partners to help establish and manage diverse native perennial grasses, install grazing infrastructure and develop working grasslands for sustainable livestock grazing.

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Landowner and Producer Programs

Grazing System
and Infrastructure

Cattle around a watering structure

Infrastructure cost-share


Grassland Management

Prairie grasses and flowers

Prescribed burning, invasive tree removal


Native Grassland

Reconstructed prairie

Planting and establishment


Wetland Enhancements and Restoration

Wetland within a prairie field

Wetland restoration and enhancement


Grazing Mentoring

Two people standing in a prairie field

Guidance from experienced grazing lands mentors





Farmers, ranchers and other large landowners

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Pollinator on flower

Pollinator gardens

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USDA-NRCS ND Game and Fish Dept. US Fish and Wildlife Service ND Natural Resources Trust Audubon Dakota The Nature Conservancy Ducks Unlimited Pheasants Forever The Mule Deer Foundation Delta Waterfowl ND Grazing Lands Coalition Northern Great Plains Joint Venture Ecological Insights • World Wildlife Fund • Millborn Seeds Xerces Society

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