North Central Climate Collaborative

Changes in climate impact agriculture and water quality in the North Central Region. Extreme weather events can drastically impact our waterways and crop productivity. Climate variability creates shifts in crops, cropping seasons, and plant hardiness zones. Moreover, the management practices used to adapt to these changes greatly influence water quality and supply making climate education and outreach critical.

To help address this issue, the Network supports a team of extension professionals across the Midwest who are working to increase the flow and usability of climate information for Extension, farmers, natural resource managers, and communities. The team, called the North Central Climate Collaborative or NC3, is working to increase the adoption of climate-smart practices, improving water management, while maintaining profitability.

NC3 has a point of contact with each state/land-grant university in the North Central Region who provides climate-related professional develop opportunities to extension personnel in their states. The group hosts bimonthly webinar on climate and water related topics, hosts climate change trainings for extension staff and other front-line professionals who work with farmers and communities on climate change and creates state-based climate resources.

Upcoming Virtual Climate Conference

Advanced Climate Change Topics: North Central Climate 201
June 8-10, 2021 from 9am-12PM CT

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 and author of “The Race Awakening of 2020: A Six-Step Guide for Moving Forward”.

Schedule in Brief

Headshot of Dr. Marshall Shepherd

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia.

Tuesday, June, 8th from 9AM – 12PM CT

  • 2020 New Climate “Normals”
  • Climate Modeling
  • Behind the Climate Projection Center Outlooks

Wednesday, June 9th from 9AM – 12PM CT

  • Keynote presentation from Dr. Marshall Shepherd on Climate Justice
  • Community Climate Risk and Planning

Thursday, June 10th from 9AM – 12PM CT

  • Climate indicators on Agriculture
  • Adaptation through Conservation
  • Climate’s impact on habitat, wildlife and fisheries

This event is free but registration is required. Upon registration you will receive a Zoom link for all three days.


For more information on the North Central Climate Collaborative and to attend one of their upcoming webinars, visit their website.

Project Contact:
Laura Edwards
State Climatologist
South Dakota State University Extension