Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


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2020-2021: A Snapshot of The Land Institute

For over forty years, The Land Institute has been working to prove the promise of deeply-rooted perennial grain crops. Now, we collaborate with more than 50 researchers on six continents who spread and build upon our researchers’ knowledge and botanical germplasm across diverse climates and soil types.
Success requires creativity, dedication, numbers, and range. The number of researchers and practitioners, the range of human cultural and geographic diversity, the number of field research sites, the range of research locations, and the amount and distribution of financial resources dedicated to perennial grain crops around the globe will all determine how quickly and equitably perennial grain crops and the farming techniques needed to grow them can be developed.

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  • 3500 acres
    of Kernza® being grown in the United States today.
  • 150 soil cores,
    at depths of 8 inches to 1 meter, taken at  Kernza® + legume biculture research plots.
  • 80 civic science participants
    observing silphium and sainfoin plants grown in their home places.
  • 35 pollinator species
    including bees, butterflies, and moths identified on flowering silphium.
  • 30 research papers published
    and 2 new book titles released by The Land Institute within the last 18 months.
  • 23 countries collaborating
    to co-create and lead New Roots International with The Land Institute.
  • 4 regions of Asia
    including Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos now growing perennial rice.
  • 3-mile hiking trail
    on 206 acres of land along the Smoky Hill River opened for public use.
  • 1 new president
    as Rachel Stroer is chosen to lead the bold vision for a perennial future.


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