Wes Jackson is founder and president of The Land Institute, a nonprofit educational and research organization based in Salina, Kansas which focuses its efforts on developing a "natural systems" agriculture.
Mr. Jackson is the author of several books including New Roots for Agriculture (with a foreword by Wendell Berry) and Becoming Native to This Place and is widely recognized as a leader in the international movement for a more sustainable agriculture. He was a 1990 Pew Conservation Scholar, in 1992 became a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2000 received the Right Livelihood Award (called the "alternative Nobel prize"). In 2005 he was honored by Smithsonian magazine as one of the "35 Who Made A Difference."
Mr. Jackson earned a degree in biology from Kansas Wesleyan, an MA in botany from University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University. He established and served as chair of one of the country's first environmental studies programs at California State University-Sacramento and then returned to his native Kansas to found The Land Institute in 1976.