Outreach, Extension & Education
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, our extension and outreach efforts focus on providing farmers with the information they need regarding pennycress management techniques and regionally adjusted examples of hos pennycress can work in existing cropping systems.
Additionally, we need to start preparing the next generation to work with pennycress, which is why our education efforts focus on promoting awareness and adoption of pennycress by developing and testing materials targeted toward stakeholders, including rural youth and their families, current and future farmers, and the public. Additionally, we will contribute to preparing a skilled workforce for the biobased economy by leveraging IPREFER project research, providing interdisciplinary research experiences for graduate and undergraduate students, and developing bioenergy curricula for post-secondary education. The results of these activities will be widely disseminated via research publications, undergraduate courses, agricultural field days, in-person 4-H club meetings, regional and national FFA and 4-H conventions and fairs, and a dedicated website.
Learn more about our Undergraduate Research Experience program for 2021.