NC3 is hosting bimonthly webinars on climate, water, and agriculture throughout 2018. The next webinar is Monday April 23rd.
Understanding Climate’s Impact on Soil
Monday, April 23, 2018, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
Anthony Bly, Soil Field Specialist, South Dakota State University Extension
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Our climate is changing and changes in climate have been a defining factor in agriculture and water quality within the North Central Region. Extreme weather events have the capacity to drastically impact our waterways, and climate variability creates shifts in crops, cropping seasons, and plant hardiness zones. Moreover, the farm management practices that coincide with these changes greatly influence water quality and management.
Extension professionals play a key role in supporting farmers by providing education, resources, and research to strengthen decision-making. Changes in climate continue to present challenges for both farmers and extension professionals alike and research shows that both groups need additional education on climate science and guidance on climate change adaptation practices.
This research highlights the need within extension to build core competencies in the area of climate science, climate change, and its impacts on agriculture in order for educators to engage farmers in discussing the realities of a changing climate and the adaptation strategies that need to be employed to ensure success.
The North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) is comprised of individuals with expertise in climate science, agronomy, stormwater management, and other disciplines, and is working to increase the flow and usability of climate information for extension, farmers and farm advisors. The team is working to increase the adoption of climate-smart practices, improving water management, while maintaining profitability.
Specifically, NC3 aims to serve as points of contact with each state/land-grant university on climate change and adaptation, provide climate-related professional development opportunities to extension personnel, and organize and train peers and front-line professionals in climate change topics that affect agriculture and natural resources.
Since the North Central Climate Collaborative formed in 2015, the team has made substantial progress toward their goals. To date the NC3 team has:
Looking towards 2018 and 2019, NC3 is dedicated to providing professional development for extension professionals through a variety of methods including:
To continue on their path to ensuring adequate education and professional development for extension professionals on climate-related topics, the NC3 team would like to ask for your help. To get involved, you can:
Laura Edwards, South Dakota State University
Kathy Gehl, Kansas State University