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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: Civil Eats

Author: Diana Donlon

I’d never really thought too much about the difference between annual and perennial [plants] until we compared them in terms of soil. Whereas annual crops get tilled and replanted every…

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Publication: Matt Hickman

Author: Mother Nature Network

While the fact that a honest-to-goodness wheatgrass farm has been established along the shoulder of I-85 is notable within itself, the type of grain being grown alongside The Ray is…

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Publication: Winnipeg Free Press

Author: Laura Rance

You won’t be buying Kernza bread in a Manitoba bakery or grocery store any time soon, but a small group of proponents see it as a sign of things to…

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Publication: GreenBiz

Author: R.P. Siegel

A new cereal grain more than 40 years in the making is finding its way into the marketplace in several forms, including a new product from food giant General Mills….

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Publication: Fast Company

Author: Adele Peters

The plant was bred at the Kansas-based Land Institute from a type of wheatgrass related to wheat, but unlike more common grains, like corn, wheat, and barley, it grows perennially,…

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Publication: CSR News

Author: Staff

“This Kernza® perennial grain collaboration will help establish Kernza’s® productive geographic range as demand for the grain continues to grow.  We look forward to data from this project and are…

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Publication: KSAL.com

Author: Staff

The Salina Art Center is one of 36 independent cinemas, museums, and community groups across the country with film programs to get funding to bring science education to the big…

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Publication: Knowable Magazine

Author: Amber Dance

To produce the wheat for our bread, sunflower oil for our stir-fries and rice for our risottos, farmers follow a centuries-old practice: plant, harvest, repeat. But annual grain and oilseed…

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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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