Forever Green: A Market-Driven Strategy
for Perennializing Agriculture
Forever Green: A Market-Driven Strategy for Perennializing Agriculture
Colin Cureton and Nick Jordan, Forever Green Initiative, University of Minnesota. Forever Green is a public/private/NGO partnership, hosted by the University of Minnesota and spanning the Midwest. Forever Green partners are working in concert to advance and commercialize a portfolio of perennial and winter-hardy annual crops for our region, including the perennial grain crop Kernza®. These crops complement current agriculture, providing a wide range of options for perennializing agriculture, i.e., achieving the perennial presence of green and living crops in agroecosystems, across the annual cycle and across the landscape. We will describe the crops and our market-driven strategy for commercializing and scaling these crops, so as to advance social, environmental, and environmental sustainability in our region.