Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Will Schneider

Development Officer

Will was born and raised in Chicago. He worked at TLI in Kansas for several years and now is back in Chicago, supporting TLI from the Windy City. He studied Finance and Economics at Kansas State University and came to TLI because he believed that the opportunity to lend a hand in developing the crops that will someday feed his children was too great to pass up.  He finds daily inspiration from being able to work so closely with TLI’s science staff and says, “The brilliance among the group is astounding, and being around so many people who are devoting their working lives to changing the way the world grows its food is empowering.”


What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
I recently had the pleasure of bagging freshly milled Kernza® flour for some Friends of The Land. It felt good to roll up the sleeves on my button down.

What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Kernza® soft pretzels are something I frequently daydream about.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Backpacking, cooking, exploring new places, and reading.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” – Mary Oliver

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