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Media Coverage

Over the years, The Land Institute has been recognized in popular media coverage as a thought leader on a wide range of issues including agriculture, sustainability, culture, and more.  More recently our perennial crop breeding and ecological intensification research are garnering coverage, and the newly formed ecosphere studies program is attracting attention.  Feel free to peruse this chronological list of articles, or review the articles on a specific topic using the category filters.

If you’re looking for a list of Land Institute researchers’ articles in scholarly journals, visit our Scientific Publications page.

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Publication: Oldways Whole Grains Council

Author: Staff (Cynthia)

80-85% of the world’s plant-based food supply comes from annual plants. Every year, farmers clear their land of competing weeds, sow seeds, grow crops, harvest them – then start all…

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Publication: Global Change Biology (via Kansas State University)

Author: Adam B. Smith, et al

The economically important big bluestem grass — a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle — is predicted to reduce its growth and stature by up to…

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Publication: Illinois Farmer Today

Author: Phyllis Coulter

A small group of farmers, including some in Illinois, is pioneering a new crop that is in great demand already, but still has a way to go before it is…

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Publication: New Hope Network

Author: Todd Runestad

Never heard of kernza? It’s the face of regenerative agriculture. The Land Institute has been conducting trials for 40 years to cross-breed “deep root” traits of perennial prairie grass cousins…

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Publication: The Nation

Author: Madeline Ostrander

For 12,000 years, human agriculture has cultivated grains that are replanted every year, at enormous environmental cost. Kernza represents a new way forward.   In 1977, Wes Jackson, co-founder of…

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Publication: Star Tribune

Author: Beth Dooley

The Land Institute in Salina, Kan., is responsible for domesticating Kernza, and has trademarked its name (hence the capitalization). In 2013, it began collaborating with the University of Minnesota, where…

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Publication: Ag Journal

Author: Candace Krebs

Western State Colorado University in Gunnison will be among the first to host a new ecospheres study workshop developed by the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. The workshop will be…

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Publication: Ag Journal

Author: Candace Krebs

In recent months, the institute captured headlines for its progress commercializing 
perennial wheat — technically, in this case, an intermediate wheatgrass — produced 
under an identity-preserved system and trademarked with…

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Publication: hv1

Author: Geddy Sveikauskas

Twenty acres of Kernza, a distant cousin to agricultural wheat, has been growing at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub in the Esopus Valley. The Farm Hub is one of a…

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Publication: The Topeka Capital-Journal

Author: Morgan Chilson

Scientists at Salina’s The Land Institute are working diligently to create a new crop from wild perennial wheatgrass, a difficult task that is expected to reap significant benefits. Lee DeHaan,…

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Publication: Salina Journal

Author: Tim Horan

Advancements in perennial grain research will be a key topic at The Land Institute’s 39th Prairie Festival, set for Sept. 22 through 24 at the institute. This year’s theme is…

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Publication: The Athens News

Author: Conor Morris

Athens-based business Avalanche Pizza announced Tuesday that it may be the first pizza restaurant in the country to permanently include pizza with dough made from a “perennial wheatgrass” called Kernza…

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