At the North Central Region Water Network, we are dedicated to enhancing connectivity and learning, sharing the latest Extension research and knowledge across the region, strengthening the resource base for Extension education, and coordinating initiatives with measurable short and long term impacts.

Over the last three years Network initiatives and other projects leveraging Network resources have generated over $5.4 million in additional funds for extension in the North Central Region. Join us on our journey to turn science into success!

 

The North Central Climate Collaborative is hosting a FREE advanced climate change virtual conference June 8-10th, 2021. Featuring sessions on climate modeling, climate and its impact on communities, and the intersection of climate, agriculture and water you won’t want to miss it this great educational opportunity.  The keynote address will be provided by Dr. Marshall Shepherd, a leading international expert on weather and climate andUsing  author of “The Race Awakening of 2020: A Six-Step Guide for Moving Forward”. Learn more

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THE CURRENT WEBINAR SERIES

The Current Webinar Series is a speed networking series for professionals engaged in water-related Extension, research, and conservation activities. Each month, we highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming throughout the region. To date our webinars have featured over 100 educators and researchers and reached over 4,500 attendees.  LEARN MORE

Most Recent Webinar:

Using Social Norms to Promote Conservation Adoption
Wednesday, June 9th at 2pm CT – Watch the Recording

Whether we like it or not, a large part of our work as conservation professionals is in communicating conservation to stakeholders. The June edition of The Current Webinar series focused on a well-known phenomenon used in communications to influence behaviors – social norms. What do we know about social norms and how they impact the agricultural community? How can we use social norms to promote conservation adoption? These topics were explored.

Featured Speakers:

  • Landon Yoder, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University: “When do social norms matter for farming?”
  • Bret Shaw, Associate Professor, Extension Environmental Communication Specialist, Department of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Social norms and its implications for encouraging agricultural practices to protect groundwater”
  • Maggie Norton, Farmer Outreach Coordinator, Practical Farmers of Iowa: “Using a farmer-to-farmer approach to support conservation practice adoption”

View the Presentation Slides