Thursday, September 1, 2022

Announcement of the Appointment of Dr. Mitch Hunter as Associate Director of the Forever Green Initiative

Donald Wyse and Nick Jordan, Co-directors of the Forever Green Initiative, are pleased to announce that Dr. Mitch Hunter has returned to the University of Minnesota as the Associate Director of the Forever Green Initiative.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Call to Action: MRRRI Endorsement

We are very excited to announce that more than 125 organizations have endorsed MRRRI — a new federal initiative to restore the Mississippi River. In addition to funding river-related projects in the 10 main stem Mississippi River states, MRRRI could provide significant, sustained funding for research into and implementation of continuous living cover cropping systems.

 

To help make this federal investment in CLCs a reality, we are asking businesses and organizations to add their names to the list of endorsers, with the goal of getting to at least 150 by the end of the month. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

2022 Kernza® Field Days Announced

 Media Contact: Constance Carlson, 612-709-6790, carl5114@umn.edu

 Throughout the summer, farmers and research partners are hosting in-person field days across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Kansas.

 Kernza, the first commercially available perennial grain in the US, prevents erosion, encourages water retention, and sequesters carbon on farms. Supply chain partners are cleaning and processing Kernza and food companies across the country are turning Kernza into tasty products for consumers, including pasta, beer, bread, and baked goods. The following schedule of field days covers a range of topics, including Kernza breeding, production, processing, economics, ecosystem services and market development.

 You can find information on currently confirmed field days below. More field days will be confirmed throughout the summer; updates will be posted on www.kernza.org as they become available.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

February Forever Green Media and Conference Round-Up

Here's a round-up of media and conference appearances on Forever Green crops I've seen cross my desk recently: 


US Nature4Climate (2/7/22): Lovely video featured Christopher Abbott from Perennial Pantry. Developed with Land Institute and tied to Minnesota. I have it archived on the Forever Green Youtube channel. 

Wunderman Thomson: The Future Top 100 Trends for 2022 (1/24/22).  Kernza is featured on page 108. 

No-Till Farmer: Deep-Rooted Kernza Shows Promise as Dual-Purpose Perennial Crop



MN Rural Water Association, Virtual Meeting, February 17: Forever Green will be sharing updates on Kernza and Winter Camelina pilot projects with statewide natural resource, water resources, MDA, MDH leadership. 

Upper Midwest Hazelnut Conference: March 4 & 5, La Crosse, WI -- multiple UMN/Minnesota representatives will be at this event, sharing advances in grower cluster development and leading a marketing/branding session. 





Sustainable Farming Association: Midwest Soil Health Summit, March 8-9, Elk River, MN:  Forever Green and Perennial Promise Growers co-op will be hosting a session on Kernza production and marketing

EPA Regional Nitrate Workshop, Virtual: March 8-9: FGI and Green Lands, Blue Waters will be presenting the Kernza Wellhead and Drinking Water Protection projects at a multi-state workshop focused on identifying working solutions for reducing nitrate contamination. 

Sustainable Farming Association: Annual Conference, March 18, St. Joseph, MN: Session featuring FGI researchers and partner growers focused on hazelnut and elderberry production and marketing 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Kernza Pasta, Cereal, and Flour - Oh, My!

It's getting easier and easier to get Kernza® and other Forever Green crops into your pantry and onto your dinner plate!  Here's a recap for you of recent product releases and where you can find them: 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

CBS Local Broadcast about Perennial Flax

 University of Minnesota's Dr. Neil Anderson talks about perennial flax with local CBS television hosts:

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/6179092-new-minnesota-crop-perennial-flax/

Kernza Featured on Twin Cities Public Television

 https://www.tpt.org/almanac/video/kernza-a-new-grain-39636/