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  • Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:54am
      An Economic Case Study at Intervale Community Farm After severe drought in much of the Northeast last year, this summer reminds us that the trend in the Northeast is for more rainfall. However, this rain is more often occurring in heavy downpours between periods of hot and dry weather. With this extreme and variable wet weather taking its toll on farms, a key question is: Does field crop irrigation make sense as a farm strategy given the number of wet summers in the Northeast? To find out,... more
  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:13pm
      The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a new well design that may be cost-effective and resistant to the effects of drought. Originally for areas where arsenic can be a problem in ground water, the new shallow design could be a boon for small-scale farming too. The design is somewhat like a back-filled building foundation with crushed stone and collection pipes at the bottom and a geotextile cover. The large side-wall area increases flow through shallow glacial till into the well and the... more
  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:12pm
      Cornell University is offering an online course: Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action for Cooperative Extension educators, volunteers, and partners. Registration is free. Dates: September 11th - 30th, 2017 Course Objectives for Participants: Increase understanding of climate change science and communication strategies. Make new connections and share resources as part of an online network of Extension educators and master volunteers. Enhance climate-related programs directed... more
  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:41pm
      In conversation with Nelson Cecarelli, Owner of Cecarelli Farms on June 5th, 2017 Well before the installation of a RainWise MKIII weather station at Cecarelli Farms this past January, Nelson Cecarelli was itching to harness the power of his own on-farm data. The year prior, Nelson took part in a class with UConn Extension on how to use NEWA forecast tools based on data from solar powered weather stations. Fast forward to present day, and we’re now checking in with him on how his own on-farm... more
  • Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:41am
    The most recent Midwest Ag Focus Outlook is now available: Update 5 July, 2017.
  • Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:46am
    Our latest updates and information can be found in the Summer 2017 Midwest CHU Newsletter. This issue boasts plenty of additional resources including a the USDA Resource Guide for American Indians & Alaska Natives and info on New-Bee-Better Certification for Farmers and Ranchers.The Climate Hub welcomes any ideas you may want to share to a wider audience relating to climate and agriculture in the Midwest Region.
  • Fri, 07/07/2017 - 2:40pm
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 9 to 11 amUSDA-NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials CenterLearn about:·        Adding diversity to your crop rotation·        Legumes for providing nitrogen to your next crop·        Quick-growing covers to smother weeds·        Flowers to attract bees & beneficial insects·        Growing covers without irrigation The field day is free and open to all.  For questions please contact Annie Young-Mathews at anna.young-mathews@or.usda.gov or 541-801-2282.  
  • Fri, 07/07/2017 - 2:40pm
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 9 to 11 amUSDA-NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials CenterLearn about:·        Adding diversity to your crop rotation·        Legumes for providing nitrogen to your next crop·        Quick-growing covers to smother weeds·        Flowers to attract bees & beneficial insects·        Growing covers without irrigation The field day is free and open to all.  For questions please contact Annie Young-Mathews at anna.young-mathews@or.usda.gov or 541-801-2282.  
  • Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:39am
    The most recent Midwest Ag Focus Outlook is now available: Update 20 June, 2017. 
  • Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:58am
    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

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