Wes Jackson

Environmentalist
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Wes Jackson is a visionary environmentalist who serves as president of The Land Institute, a Salina-based non-profit research, education, and policy organization dedicated to developing an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops. He resigned a professorship with tenure at California State University – Sacramento where he established and chaired one of the first environmental studies programs in the U.S. to found The Land Institute in 1976. Among the many honors for his work’s impact on the future of agriculture and environmental sustainability, he has been named a Pew Scholar, MacArthur Fellow, and received the Right Livelihood Award. His books include Man and the Environment, New Roots for Agriculture,Meeting the Expectations of the Land, Altars of Unhewn Stone, andBecoming Native to This Place. Life magazine named Jackson one of 18 individuals it predicts will be among the 100 "important Americans of the 20th century." He was named one of Smithsonian magazine’s "35 who made a difference" in November 2005. Jackson earned a B.A. in botany from Kansas Wesleyan, a master’s in biology from KU in 1960, and his Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University.


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