Founder of The Land Institute speaks at CMU Monday, September 11

Colorado Mesa University will host one of the luminaries of sustainable agriculture on Monday, September 11, at 4:00 pm in the Meyer Ballroom on the second floor of the University Center. Wes Jackson, PhD, founder and president emeritus of The Land Institute, will give a talk entitled, “The 10,000 year old question: a partial answer.” The talk is free and open to the public. 

Jackson has authored several books, including New Roots for AgricultureBecoming Native to This PlaceConsulting the Genius of the Place, and Nature as Measure. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992. Life magazine predicted that he would be among the 100 important Americans of the 20th century and, in 2005, Smithsonian listed him as one of “35 Who Make a Difference.”

Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina; a master’s degree in botany from the University of Kansas; and a doctorate in genetics from North Carolina State University.

The Land Institute, which Jackson founded in 1976, seeks to create agricultural systems that mimic natural systems in order to produce abundant food with fewer negative impacts than industrial agriculture. The institute’s methods include plant breeding to domesticate wild perennial plants and perennialize annual crop species. The institute is based in Salina, Kansas.

Jackson’s talk is part of the CMU seminar series Natural Resources of the West: Fire, Water, and Forests, which is open to the public. The complete schedule for the series is available at

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