Agronomy and Horticulture Department


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Rangelands 41(1):1—16


© 2018 The Society for Range Management.

This document is a U.S. government work and is not subject to copyright in the United States.

doi 10.1016/j.rala.2018.11.006


• In the early 1930s there were millions of acres of extensively degraded grazing lands and abandoned and eroded cropland in the Northern Plains of the United States and Canada.

• Grass breeding and plant materials programs were established by both the US and Canadian governments and cooperating universities to develop revegetation materials.

• Efforts of a small number of research locations and people resulted in grass cultivars or varieties that were used to revegetate and preserve the soil on millions of acres of land.

• This is a brief history of the people, agencies, and universities that developed these cultivars that restored and increased the productivity of grasslands in the Northern Plains.