Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
  • Land Institute Perennial & Annual Roots, Photo Credit: Jim Richardson

    10,000 Years of Agriculture

    Humans have been producing food using the same paradigm for 10,000 years. But the burden of a growing population and the impacts of an industrial approach to farming threaten the entire enterprise. We are working toward a solution.

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Sorghum Plant Heads

Perennial Crops

Natural ecosystems feature perennial plants. So does our approach to regenerative agriculture.

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Ecological Intensification Intercropping

Ecological Intensification

Sunlight. Water. Soil. Microbes. Plants. People. The Land Institute brings them all together for sustainable farming.

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Ecosphere Studies

Changing the way we think about the world and our place in it, through educational and cultural projects.

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Perennial Practice: An Ecosphere Studies Workshop

Perennial Practice: An Ecosphere Studies Workshop led by The Land Institute’s Director of Ecosphere Studies, Aubrey Streit Krug, is designed for everyone interested in food, teaching and learning, and community building. Join us for a weekend of renewal in the beauty of the Smoky Hill River watershed.

April 26, 2019 | 8:30 am
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Interview with a Plant Scientist: Brandon Schlautman, Perennial Legumes

What brought you here to The Land Institute (TLI)? I’ve always been interested in agriculture, but I first thought about becoming a plant breeder early in my undergrad career when I realized that I had…

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Scientific Publications

Non-technical summary. Modern agriculture is associated with numerous environmental predicaments, such as land degradation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emission. Socio-economically, it is characterized by a treadmill of technological change,…

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Abstract Organic dormancy, the inability to germinate under favorable conditions, is a common problem in many crop species and their wild relatives, leading to more variable emergence, plant density, and…

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The development of agriculture is one of the key fault lines in human history, the starting point for the human project of dominating the planet. As the catastrophic consequences of…

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