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    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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Natural Systems Agriculture

We believe there’s a solution to the challenges of agriculture. We call it Natural Systems Agriculture, and it’s what we do.

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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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Events

Prairie Festival

The Land Institute's annual Prairie Festival will be September 22-24. The Prairie Festival offers a unique opportunity to interact with some of the world’s most compelling ...

September 22, 2017 | All Day
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News

2017 Prairie Festival Registration Open and Online

Registration for our 2017 annual Prairie Festival is open and available online. The first Prairie Festival took place in 1979 and since then our signature annual public event has drawn thousands of attendees from around…

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Scientific Publications

Abstract Silphium perfoliatum L. (cup plant, silphie) and S. integrifolium Michx. (rosinweed, silflower) are in the same subfamily and tribe as sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Silphium perfoliatumhas been grown in…

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Over the last century, researchers and practitioners with diverse backgrounds have articulated the importance of improving soil organic matter (SOM) contents in agricultural soils. More recently, climate change scientists interested…

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Key message: Development of the first consensus genetic map of intermediate wheatgrass gives insight into the genome and tools for molecular breeding. Abstract: Intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) has been identified…

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