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The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is an engine of scientific discovery, with researchers working across the spectrum of agricultural and life sciences. Academically, the college offers research-based, hands-on teaching of undergraduates; world-class graduate programs rich in research and project assistantships; and short courses, workshops and other programs. Our outreach activities bring the work of the college to Wisconsin businesses, organizations and communities throughout the state. Learn more about CALS.

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The main advantage of Kernza is the environmental benefits. Because it’s perennial, it covers the ground year-round, so there’s no soil erosion, and there’s no leaching of nutrients into the groundwater. It’s a great way of conserving soil and water quality.

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Valentin Picasso

As an assistant professor of agronomy, Valentin Picasso focuses on forage and grazing systems in the United States and around the world. He is intrigued by the ways sustainable agricultural methods, such as the use of perennial crops (those that can be harvested year after year), can build resilience to worldwide threats like climate change. One such crop is Kernza, which was developed through selective breeding of a Eurasian forage grass related to wheat. In addition to its use as feed for livestock and its environmental benefits, it also serves as a grain crop, weed fighter, and money saver, all of which is boosting its popularity among farmers. Read more: http://go.wisc.edu/v1y69f

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