Climate Change Basics: Northwest Agriculture

Climate change projections indicate an increase in average temperature across the year, a longer growing season, and a shift in precipitation from summer to winter, these changes will increase summer water stress, whereas in Alaska increased precipitation is projected along with warmer temperatures that will melt permafrost. These factors will have differential effects on plant and animal production systems depending on the timing of management practices, as well as plant and animal development. To better understand how climate change will affect agriculture explore the education materials below.

Climate Change Basics

for the Northwest provide background materials in various forms to provide an introduction to climate science, and clarify common misconceptions about climate change. 

Blog & Newsletters

-is a web-based hub for data, analysis and communication between regional scientists and stakeholders about climate change and agricultural and natural resources topics. A consortium of institutions including the USDA Northwest Climate Hub, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Washington State University, and individuals contribute content to this site and share articles and analyses.

 The benefits of agroforestry (working trees) in reducing climate risks from the National Agroforestry Center

 The benefits of agroforestry (working trees) in reducing effects of intense rain.

The benefits of agroforestry (working trees) in mitigating heat stress in cattle

-events and information on biochar in the Northwest  

newsletter about climate change science and upcoming events and training opportunities relevant to your conservation work 

-blog posts on climate change affecting agriculture in the Northwest

-blog on climate change affecting agriculture in the US

Courses, Videos, & Webinars

-resources for livestock producers

(eXtension)-Agriculture and Climate Change E-Learning Modules

-webinar series on managing risks associated with climate change in the Pacific Northwest

-webinar series of the consequences of climate change

-Featured online videos of producers in the Inland PNW who are addressing concerns with production and changes to weather and climate

-webinars from Carpe Diem West that engage subject matter experts and practitioners in the field in a detailed discussion of issues at the intersection of water and climate change


-a guide for all ages, individuals and communities to learn the essentials of climate science

- Farm Services Agency provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses, 

-summary of climate change impacts in agriculture

- community of farmers, ranchers, and concerned citizens concerned about agriculture and food security by climate change

-briefs from a policy research collaboration between Oregon and California


-publications related to reducing emissions from livestock production as well as a few related to modeling on-farm emissions

-extensive summary of the effects of and adaptation to climate change and agriculture in the US