Professor, Agronomy & Plant Genetics
University of Minnesota, St. Paul
Donald Wyse is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, where he teaches and conducts research on invasive plant management, cropping system development, plant breeding and new crop development. His research efforts focus on the development of perennial cropping systems, cover crop systems, prairie polycultures, and their impact on soil and water quality. Dr. Wyse was the founding Director of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, initiated the development of the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, was founding Director of the Midwestern Cover Crop Council, and currently serves as Co-director of the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management. Recent activities of the Center have led to the development of the Mississippi River--Green Land, Blue Water Initiative. GLBW is a consortium of universities, state and federal agencies, and NGO’s that have organized efforts to add perennial and winter annual crops to agricultural landscapes that will improve soil health and water quality in the Mississippi River and Great Lakes Basin. Dr. Wyse organized, and now leads, the Forever Green Initiative that is developing new winter annual and perennial crops that can be produced by farmers to provide ecosystem services and new economic opportunities.