LPCI’s work is focused on private lands – working ranches and farms across the southern Great Plains. These lands are critical to lesser prairie-chickens and to the hundreds of other species that rely on healthy grasslands. Privately owned ranches also help maintain open spaces, often bordering and operated in common with public lands. Test your knowledge of ranching with this Chicken Challenge.
- Agriculture is one of the nation’s largest employer with more than 23 million jobs involved.
- Raising beef cattle is the single largest segment of American agriculture.
- U.S. ranchers produce 18% of the world’s beef with only 8% of the world’s cattle.
- 85% of the land where cattle graze is not suitable for raising crops, thus grazing animals on this land increases the amount of food produced.
- All “cows” are female. The males are called bulls or steers.
- Water is precious in the arid West. Only 2% of the West is considered wet habitat. Of that, more than 75% is on private land.
- The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative has worked with more than 800 landowners to voluntarily conserve more than 1.6 million acres of land.