Forever Green Initiative

UMN Forever Green Initiative (FGI) is a College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) research platform with leadership housed in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics.

FGI is developing and improving winter-hardy annual and perennial crops and cropping systems that protect soil and water while driving new economic opportunities and for growers, industry, and Minnesota communities across the state.

The Forever Green Initiative portfolio includes sixteen crops, each supported by a multidisciplinary team that may include expertise in the areas of genomics, breeding, agronomics, natural resource sciences, food science, sociology, economics, and commercialization.

Crop Summaries: