As Dale Hall, CEO of DU, says pointedly, "Our situation is dire. A recent study from South Dakota State University tracked a 1.3-million-acre loss of grassland over a five-year period. This rapid rate of habitat loss hasn't happened so quickly since the Dust Bowl era. The United States has also lost more than 50 percent of its wetlands. Meanwhile, the new expiration date of the farm bill continues to creep closer."