Illinois State University researchers, administrators and elected officials lauded pennycress, once considered to be just a “weed,” as an economic and environmental game-changer during an event at the ISU Research Farm Monday. ISU is working in partnership with several other universities and CoverCress Inc. on the pennycress project. The goal is to develop pennycress as a cover crop that not only prevents topsoil loss and nutrient runoff but also provides a money-making source for fuel and animal feed.  READ MORE