Richard Edwards


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Richard Edwards is director of the Center for Great Plains Studies and an economics professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He studies policies to preserve and nurture the grasslands of the Great Plains and to understand and conserve our Great Plains history. For more information, visit


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