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The Kernza® Network

Kernza® Grain: From a wild perennial grass to store shelves

Starting with hobbyist bakers on staff at The Land Institute, Kernza® has been tested in kitchens across the country for over a decade. Innovative chefs, bakers, brewers, distillers, researchers, and growers are using Kernza® in place of or combined with wheat or other grains. If you have a current licensing agreement with The Land Institute (2019 or later) and would like to add your organization to the directory please fill out this form.
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We help farmers from across the Great Plains to grow, process, and market Kernza®. As an approved Kernza® seed source, we are passionate about assisting first-time Kernza® growers to get started. Through our network of growers we can help buyers to source bulk and retail volumes of Kernza® grain and flour.

Ben Penner Farms

I believe that Kernza® and perennial agriculture is a major step forward in the development of agricultural systems in the age of climate change. I began growing Kernza® in fall of 2020 and I think it combines a unique mix features that make it beneficial to end-use-customers, farmers, our communities and society as a whole. We're developing markets, infrastructure and networks to expand the commercial viability of Kernza and other perennial crops throughout their scale-up and commercialization processes.

Helmbrink Farms

We are a family farming operation with cattle, row crops and planted out first Kernza in the fall of 2019. We also have a precision agriculture business to help farmers become more efficient in there own operations.

Estling Farms

We began growing Kernza® in 2014. We have experience growing perennial grasses and like the benefits of the grasses in our crop rotation. With spring flooding, and higher rainfall events, we like to grow Kernza® as filter strips to reduce soil erosion and we still have an economic benefit besides just ecological.

Vander Kooi Farm

Planted first in September 2019. With a lighter soil and being organic, wanted to plant something else in the rotation. Like a challenge.

Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water District

Pilot site participant with UMN's ENRTF Project entitled: "Preventing Nitrate Contamination of Groundwater using Perennial Grains". 54 acres planted in 2017 within a highly vulnerable wellfield located in southwest Minnesota. As a public water supplier, very interested in an alternative means to reduce nitrate loading in groundwater sources and particularly public drinking water supplies.

New York
Hudson Valley Farm Hub

Hudson Valley Farm Hub grows Kernza® and has a decided to donate their harvest to The Land Institute, helping to support the on-going research that will bring Kernza® to the forefront of the perennial grain revolution