Wes Jackson, Ph.D.

Wes Jackson
The Land Institute
2440 E. Water Well Road
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Salina, Kansas 67401
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At the close of his tenure as a Pew Fellow, Wes Jackson reported three major achievements. First, the Land Institute was able to plant 77 polyculture plots that helped in determining the most suitable grain species mixtures for a particular geographical range. The Land Institute also became engaged in the Matfield Green Project, identifying the number of people, assuming various ways of living, who can be supported by the prairie ecosystem in which they are embedded. Finally, he wrote a major report for the Secretary of Agriculture supporting a $1 billion research effort for Natural Systems Agriculture.


Wes Jackson is co-founder and president of The Land Institute, a nonprofit conservation, education, and research organization. His 1980 book, New Roots for Agriculture, and the 1987 book, Altars of Unhewn Stone, are credited with initiating new thinking into the dynamics and sustainability of what is now called Natural Systems Agriculture. Research results published in refereed journals in recent years have established the foundation for this new paradigm. Language in the 1995 Agriculture Appropriations Bill acknowledges these results, designating further exploration of the possibilities of Natural Systems Agriculture nationally.


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Ph.D., North Carolina State University
1967: Genetics, North Carolina

Masters of Arts, University of Kansas
1960: Botany, Kansas, USA

Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas
1958: Biology, Kansas, USA


Right Livelihood Award

MacArthur Fellow
1992: MacArthur Foundation

Marine Fellow
1990: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment

Distinguished Service Award
1988: Kansas Wesleyan

Environmental Quality Award
1979: EPA Region VII


  • Jackson, S.W. 1996/94. Becoming Native To This Place. Counterpoint Press, Washington, D.C.
  • Jackson, S.W. and J. Piper. 1989. The necessary marriage between ecology and agriculture. Ecology 10
  • Jackson, S.W. 1988. Ecosystem Agriculture. In: Global Perspectives on Agrocology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems (P. Allen. and D.Van Dusen eds.). Proceedings of the Sixth International Scientific Conference of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
  • Jackson, S.W. 1987. Altars of Unhewn Stone: Science and the Earth. North Point Press
  • Jackson, S.W. 1985. New Roots for Agriculture, 2nd edition. University of Nebraska Press

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