Continuous Living Cover crops and practices

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Advancing "Living Cover"

Working at universities, advocacy groups, private-sector firms, and public agencies across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, Forever Green Partnership members are developing and commercializing new crops and farming systems for Continuous Living Cover.

We link basic and applied research to on-farm knowledge and experience, product development and marketing, and are producing a portfolio of Continuous Living Cover crops and systems.

We are commercializing the most advanced of these crops to provide a market-driven path to enhanced stewardship.

Crops include but are not limited to:
• Berries
• Camelina
• Cover Crops
• Flax
• Grasslands
• Hazelnut
• Intermediate Wheatgrass (a.k.a.
Kernza®)
• Pennycress
• Silphium
• Summer Annual Grains
• Sunflower
• Winter Barley
• Woody Perennials

Learn more about these crops from Forever Green Initiative.

Learn more about Continuous Living Cover benefits from Green Lands Blue Waters, a core member of the Forever Green Partnership.


In the news

We're excited to see more media coverage of Continuous Living Cover crops and practices and their many benefits.

'Diversifying crop rotations improves environmental outcomes, keeps farms profitable'

'Grow with KARE: Kernza, the grain of the future!'

'Novel crops can save rural Minnesota's drinking water, U says'


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Learn more and get involved!

Green Lands Blue Waters, a key member of the Forever Green Partnership, is uniquely focused on Continuous Living Cover. Learn more about Continuous Living Cover practices and Green Lands Blue Waters' broad network of partners — including universities, researchers, educators, producer associations, environmental groups, businesses, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and practitioners — at greenlandsbluewaters.org.


The Forever Green Partnership welcomes collaboration! To learn more about the Partnership, contact Don Wyse (wysex001@umn.edu) or Nick Jordan (jorda020@umn.edu).

To learn more about Continuous Living Cover development and commercialization, visit forevergreen.umn.edu.