At the Chautauqua Institution's 2008 program, Wes Jackson gave a talk entitled The Next Fifty Years on the American Land: Agriculture, Forestry and Ranching.
In it, Jackson addresses the current state of U.S. agriculture.
Wes Jackson, President of The Land Institute, earned a BA in biology from Kansas Wesleyan, an MA in botany from University of Kansas, and a PhD 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.
He is the author of several books including New Roots for Agriculture 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").