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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: Salina Journal

Author: Jason Beets

An artist hopes his creation will give people the chance to peacefully reflect and consider the nature of time. Owen Brown gave a tour of his art project, “Units of…

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Publication: High Plains Journal

Author: Amy Bickel

Every year since the 1870s, when turkey red wheat was brought to the Kansas plains, farmers have planted a wheat crop, harvested it, then planted it again in the fall….

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Publication: Triple Pundit

Author: Tina Casey

Aside from connecting directly with working farmers, General Mills cultivation of the next generation includes partnering with students and researchers at the University of Minnesota on projects related to farming, food…

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Publication: The New York Times

Author: Gracy Olmstead

How we farm matters. For the past two centuries, America’s farms have expanded and homogenized, and farming equipment and chemicals have replaced personnel. Farmers have grown older and more isolated…

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Publication: Agri-Pulse Communications

Author: Ed Maixner

A marketable perennial wheat remains decades in the future while some of its cousins are emerging in fields and the marketplace. Continue Reading 

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Publication: The Wall Street Journal

Author: William Bostwick

Harvest Time approaches and with it a bounty of grains. And yet, while a growing interest in whole grains has brought us artisanal loaves studded with toothsome kernels, our beer…

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Publication: Ensia Media

Author: Virginia Gewin

In 2000, noted crop breeder Stan Cox was weary of the Sisyphean task of incorporating new disease resistance traits into wheat varieties. Fumbling to explain his malaise to a colleague,…

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Publication: Herald & Review

Author: Jaylyn Cook

Looking toward the future of agriculture in America, experts say planting self-sufficient perennial crops may be the best way to make farms more ecologically friendly while also turning a profit….

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Publication: Herald & Review

An agricultural revolution is underway in our Midwest prairie region. What sort of revolution am I talking about? Perennial grain crops. The Decatur-based Agricultural Watershed Institute convened farmers, environmentalists and…

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Publication: Organic Authority

Author: Emily Monaco

Lee DeHaan is a plant geneticist at The Land Institute, where he is developing perennial wheatgrass Kernza. Thus far in his work, he has always worked with traditional plant breeding to achieve…

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Publication: Salina Journal

Author: Tim Unruh

Part of a big idea hatched decades ago at The Land Institute continues a slow-but-significant evolution. Leaders are far from shouting their discoveries from the hilltops of eastern Saline County,…

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Publication: New York Times

Author: Paul Greenberg

In 1953, not long before President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in office, the social scientist Leland Allbaugh published “Crete: A Case Study of an Underdeveloped Area.” The landmark…

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