Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Bryan Thompson

Administrative Assistant to the President Emeritus

Bryan grew up in Southwest Kansas, but Salina has been his home since 1980. He earned a BA from Wichita State University in Speech – Radio/TV/Film, with a minor in Spanish. In his role as assistant to TLI co-founder, Wes Jackson, he has many tasks from helping prepare presentations to helping Wes check quotations for originality. He was happy for the opportunity to “be involved in an organization that is literally working to make the future more livable, ” and says the most inspiring part of his work is that “I get to work with a genuine visionary, and to read his writings as they evolve.”


What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Actually, I love Kernza. Cindy (my wife, who has been involved with TLI since 1977) has developed several recipes using Kernza–some of which were used to demonstrate it to partners like Patagonia. I got to be a taste-tester for those experiments!

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Music and sports

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
Why be difficult when, with a little effort, you could be impossible?

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