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  • Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:39am
    The most recent Midwest Ag Focus Outlook is now available: Update 20 June, 2017. 
  • Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:56am
    Shrubs, grasses planted through federal program crucial for sage grouse survival in Eastern Washington A new study by University of Washington, state and federal researchers analyzed sage grouse in Eastern Washington and showed a surprisingly large benefit from the Conservation Reserve Program that subsidizes farmers to plant year-round grasses and native shrubs instead of crops.
  • Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:58am
    USDA Risk Management Agency announces Risk Management Education Partnership Program with applications due 10 July 5pm EDT. The purpose of this competitive cooperative partnership agreement program is to deliver crop insurance education and risk management training to U.S. agricultural producers to assist them in identifying and managing production, marketing, legal, financial, and human risk. The program gives priority to: (1) educating producers of crops currently not insured under Federal... more
  • Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:01am
    Climate change vulnerability assessment for the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai Peninsula This assessment evaluates the effects of future climate change on a select set of ecological systems and ecosystem services in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and Chugach National Forest regions. The focus of the assessment was established during a multi-agency/organization workshop that established the goal to conduct a rigorous evaluation of a limited range of topics rather than produce a broad overview.... more
  • Wed, 05/03/2017 - 2:17pm
    Irrigated Agriculture in the United States This data product summarizes the farm-structural characteristics for irrigated farms in each of the 50 States, the 17 Western States (aggregated) and the Nation as a whole, based on USDA's 2013 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey (FRIS). (See the Documentation for data sources and methods.) The tables are grouped into three sections of sets of tables. Section I covers all irrigated farms; sets of tables are grouped into 18 broad categories, ranging from... more
  • Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:24pm
    WORKSHOP 24 June Lopez Island, WA Energy Opportunities for San Juans Woody Biomass   Woody biomass in densely stocked San Juan forests may present an opportunity to support local energy needs. This workshop will discuss examples of community-based energy projects from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the cost-effective methods for converting biomass into energy to heat and power our houses, businesses, and communities. When: 24 June 2017 12pm-5pm Where: Lopez Island, WA  
  • Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:02pm
    The Seedlot Selection Tool has been expanded to cover most of Alaska (except the most western Aleutian Islands).  The Seedlot Selection Tool is a GIS mapping program designed to help forest managers match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information. The climates of the planting sites can be chosen to represent current climates, or future climates based on selected climate change scenarios.   If you know the climate variable(s) that are important to... more
  • Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:19pm
    Our latest updates and information can be found in the Spring 2017 Midwest CHU Newsletter. This issue boasts plenty of additional resources including a Handbook on Drought Indicators and Indices, and current publications brought to you by the Useful to Usable Project.  The Climate Hub welcomes any ideas you may want to share to a wider audience relating to climate and agriculture in the Midwest Region.
  • Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:17pm
    The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics puts out new report on The Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests.
  • Mon, 04/03/2017 - 8:55am
    We are excited to announce the U.S. Drought Monitor maps for the USDA Climate Hub regions are now Live! These maps depict drought within the region, and are based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the country. Please visit the US Drought Monitor page for more information - From the drop-down menu select the Climate Hubs then your region.