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Videos of recent Prairie Festival presentations can be found on this page, including 2019 Prairie Festival presentation videos. Be sure to also check out our other featured videos from our collaborators!




The second day of the 2020 Kernza® Conference covered ongoing agronomic and breeding research projects taking place at participating research institutions. Specific agenda details and presentation titles are below.

Breeding (continued from day one)
The Land Institute Breeding Strategy with Genomic Selection – Jared Crain (Kansas State University)
Variety Candidate Trial – Lee DeHaan (The Land Institute)

Phenology and Vernalization – Doug Cattani (University of Manitoba)
Weed Control – Valentin Picasso (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Update on France/Belgium – Christophe David (ISARA – Lyon, France)


The first day of the 2020 Kernza® Conference covered ongoing genetics and breeding research projects taking place at participating research institutions. Specific agenda details and presentation titles are below.

Yield Components and Nested Association Mapping – Kayla Altendorf (University of Minnesota)
GWAS Results – Steve Larson (USDA – Utah State)
GWAS Results- Jared Crain (Kansas State University)

Breeding Strategy with Genomic Selection – Prabin Bajgain (University of Minnesota)
Variety Candidate Trial – Jim Anderson (University of Minnesota)
Breeding and Agronomy Update – Doug Cattani (U Manitoba)

Research Resident Abbi Han at The Land Institute focuses her study on the genetics of kura clover, which could provide continuous ground cover and, as a legume, provide nitrogen to other crops it’s grown with. She is also active in managing our Four Sisters plot and employee garden. Here, she walks us through a day in the life of her residency.

Research resident at The Land Institute, Eric Cassetta, who works closely with our Perennial Oilseeds and Crop Protection Genetics programs leads us through a few of the projects and places of his residency.


The Land Institute’s Director of Ecosphere Studies, Aubrey Streit Krug, brings us to Heart Land Prairie Cemetery, where she invites us to reflect upon our own individual places which we have hopefully gotten to know more deeply over the six weeks of Perennial Practice. As we collectively and intentionally work towards building a perennial future, why does your place matter?


The Land Institute’s Director of Ecosphere Studies, Aubrey Streit Krug, and a cohort of other Land Institute researchers will be discussing TLI’s Civic Science projects. It’s a great opportunity to learn about our work to not only develop new, perennial food crops but also how we seek to better understand the different ways these crops are managed and cared for by a diverse group of growers and producers.


The Land Institute’s Director of Ecosphere Studies, Dr. Aubrey Streit Krug introduces us to Silphium integrifolium, The Land Institute’s perennial oilseed crop candidate that we are domesticating with the help of dozens of civic scientists across the U.S. With the act of domesticating a new crop as an example, she invites us to reflect on the other forms of care work we perform and are recipients of on a daily basis.

As we work towards a more just and transformative future, what examples of care work do you hope to see and ignite in your own communities?

As the research technician for The Land Institute’s Kernza® program, Marty Christians’ work focuses on the ongoing domestication of this perennial grain. Here, he explains two projects he is currently working on the spring of 2020 to help advance and accelerate the breeding program.


Join us on a behind the scenes tour of The Land Institute’s greenhouses with greenhouse manager Tiffany Durr. Follow along as Tiffany walks you through the different spaces we have on our campus and highlights some of the research that takes place indoors.


Beginning at Prairie Festival 2019, The Land Institute is pleased to officially welcome the public to visit our Marty Bender Nature Area. The 206-acre nature area is located one mile north of The Land Institute’s main campus. At this time, the trail is only to be used for hiking.

The nature area features a trail of nearly three miles through prairie and woods along the Smoky Hill River in traditional Kaw Nation homelands. Several scientific research plots are located on site. Additional features include art installations, plant and wildlife viewing, a tree swing and picnic area, scenic overlooks of the river and Salina region, and a community book share box.

With the generous support of private philanthropists, The Land Institute acquired the nature area property in 2002 from the trust of Oliver Haag. The “Haag Place” was used in the past for farming and ranching. In 2004, the land was named in commemoration of Marty Bender, former energy scientist at The Land Institute, who was also a naturalist. In 2018, local volunteers and friends of The Land Institute, designed and made the trail in collaboration with institute staff. They milled local Osage orange wood for benches and signage along the trail. As a site for research, education, and community engagement, the nature area has since hosted events such as tours, community work days, and Ecosphere Studies workshops.

Nature area guidelines are posted at the entrance. To share ideas, or to ask questions, contact .


The Land Institute’s Director of Ecosphere Studies, Dr. Aubrey Streit Krug, brings us into her kitchen and invites us to take a deeper look into the social and biophysical pathways our food takes to arrive at our own kitchen tables. From farm to cupboard, join us as we trace this journey.

The Land Institute’s Perennial Legumes research technician, Spencer Barriball, brings us deep into TLI’s research plots to show us some of the intermediate wheatgrass + perennial legume intercropping experiments his team is working on. The goals of the perennial legumes research program are to expand agronomic knowledge about these dual-purpose intercroppoing systems (i.e. row spacing, harvest timing, nitrogen balance) that produce grain for humans and forage for livestock and to develop a long-term collaborative domestication strategy to improve sainfoin seed yield and nutritional quality through a combination of breeding, agronomy, food science, and commercialization efforts.

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