Education – Outreach – Extension
While pennycress holds considerable agronomic and economic promise, farmers cannot be expected to sacrifice profitability or assume greater risk in the production of new oilseed crop species. Therefore, adoption of pennycress will hinge on developing methods that seamlessly integrate into existing traditional crop production systems with minimal economic risk. To take advantage of these opportunities, farmers need information regarding new management techniques and regionally adjusted examples of these cropping systems.
Our goals are twofold:
- Provide farmers and crop consultant/advisors with new cropping system information and demonstrate innovative strategies that result in greater adoption and less production risk in the utilization of the oilseed pennycress,
- Use this construct to educate rural communities on relevant aspects of biology and life science, the importance of breeding and its role in food security, and broader topics related to environmental and societal sustainability.