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, the 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.

Research Goals

Our goals are twofold:

  • Provide farmers and crop consultants/advisors with new cropping system information and demonstrate innovative strategies that result in greater adoption and less production risk in the utilization of the pennycress oilseed.
  • Use this construct to educate rural communities on relevant aspects of biology and life science, the importance of pennycress breeding and its role in food security, and broader topics related to environmental and societal sustainability.



  • Rebekka Darner, Co-PI, Illinois State University
  • William (Willy) Hunter, Illinois State University

Collaborators and Graduate Students

  • Mary Brakke, University of Minnesota
  • Matthew Hagaman, Illinois State University
  • Nicholas Heller, Illinois State University
  • Frances Lawrenz, University of Minnesota
  • Alexander (Alex) Lindsey, Ohio State University
  • Emily Schoenfelder, University of Illinois
  • Scott Wells, University of Minnesota