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The Land Institute Names New President

Rachel Stroer has been named the third president of The Land Institute, the first woman to lead the organization in its 40-year history.

Salina, KS, April 1, 2021 The Board of Directors of The Land Institute (TLI) has named Rachel Stroer president of the organization. As only the third president of TLI, Stroer carries forth the bold vision set by co-founder Wes Jackson, stewarded by the steady hand of Fred Iutzi and manifested by the employees and friends of TLI for over 40 years. Stroer has held various roles since she joined TLI in 2015, most recently as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) where she led the development of a strategic plan to move TLI into the vision that perennial grain crops can both feed humanity and sequester carbon on a global scale. 

Prior to her role as CSO, Stroer served as TLI’s Chief Operating Officer, working to ensure a smooth transition from the co-founder to his immediate successor. Before The Land Institute, Stroer worked on the large-scale, sustainability-focused reimagination and rebuild of Greensburg, KS, after an EF5 tornado ravaged the community. She also worked for a publicly traded company where she assisted in due diligence and investor relations on a successful $250 million acquisition and public offering. Born and raised in Salina, KS, Stroer earned her Bachelor of Arts at New York University’s Gallatin School, her Master in Business Administration from University of Missouri, Kansas City, and now lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two sons.  

“Our board is thrilled with the leadership, vision and energy Rachel brings to the work of The Land Institute. She has been invaluable in the broadening of our work over the last six years, and we are excited to watch the organization grow under her leadership. The next chapter for TLI is one of great promise and great challenges as we work to accelerate the adoption of perennial agriculture globally. We feel confident Rachel is the leader we need now” states Ken LevyChurch, Board Chairman 

The Land Institute co-leads the global movement for perennial, diverse, truly regenerative agriculture at a scale that matches the enormity of the intertwined climate, water, and food security crises. The Land Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Salina, Kansas, founded in 1976. The Land Institute’s goal is to create an agricultural system that mimics natural systems in order to produce ample food and reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of industrial agriculture.

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Amy Cole 
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