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USDA Prepares for Hurricane Harvey

  • Date:
    Fri, 08/25/2017
    Category:
    Other
    Hurricane Harvey Approaching Texas Find the latest Hurricane information here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?cone#contents The U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Harvey that USDA has programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters. USDA staff in the regional, S...

Irrigation Pays in Protecting Crop Revenues in the Northeast

  • Date:
    Mon, 07/24/2017 to Sat, 08/12/2017
      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 irrigat...

Cecarelli Farms Talks Data Driven Decision-Making

  • Date:
    Thu, 07/20/2017 to Sat, 08/19/2017
    Category:
    News
      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 weathe...

New USGS Shallow Well Design Resists Drought

  • Date:
    Thu, 07/20/2017 to Fri, 08/11/2017
    Category:
    News
      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 c...

Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action Online Course

  • Date:
    Thu, 07/20/2017 to Fri, 08/18/2017
    Category:
    Training
      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 ne...

UPDATE: Midwest Ag Focused Climate Update

  • Date:
    Fri, 07/07/2017 to Mon, 07/31/2017
    Category:
    Other
    The most recent Midwest Ag Focus Outlook is now available: Update 5 July, 2017.

NOW AVAILABLE: Summer 2017 Midwest CHU Newsletter

  • Date:
    Fri, 07/07/2017 to Sat, 09/30/2017
    Category:
    Other
    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...

Summer Cover Crop Field Day

  • Date:
    Fri, 07/07/2017 to Mon, 07/31/2017
    Category:
    Training
    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 pl...
  • Date:
    Fri, 07/07/2017 to Mon, 07/31/2017
    Category:
    Training
    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 pl...

Midwest Ag - Climate Summer Outlook: Updated 20 June 2017

  • Date:
    Tue, 06/20/2017 to Sat, 07/15/2017
    Category:
    Other
    The most recent Midwest Ag Focus Outlook is now available: Update 20 June, 2017. 

Rangeland Conservation

  • Date:
    Fri, 05/19/2017 to Fri, 06/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    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.

USDA Risk Management Agency Funding Opportunity

  • Date:
    Fri, 05/19/2017 to Fri, 07/14/2017
    Category:
    News
    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...

Climate change vulnerability assessment for the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai Peninsula

  • Date:
    Fri, 05/19/2017 to Thu, 08/31/2017
    Category:
    News
    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 t...

New Data Product: "Irrigated Agriculture in the United States"

  • Date:
    Wed, 05/03/2017 to Sun, 12/31/2017
    Category:
    News
    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. Sectio...

Workshop 24 June: Energy Opportunities for San Juans Woody Biomass

  • Date:
    Mon, 05/01/2017 to Sat, 06/24/2017
    Category:
    Training
    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 h...

University of Massachusetts Finds Farmers Talking Climate Change

  • Date:
    Tue, 04/25/2017 to Fri, 05/05/2017
    Category:
    News
      Extension Professor Christine Hatch leads the University of Massachusetts RiverSmart research group.  This group has studied farm vulnerability and adaptation strategies to climate change in Massachusetts since 2014. In Massachusetts, climate change means more rain, more intense storms, and more total precipitation in winter and spring months, but less in the summer. The UMass group talks with...

Teach Kids about Farming with New Caribbean Climate Hub Video

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/24/2017 to Fri, 05/05/2017
    Category:
    News
      Sr. Sapo is a very popular figure among kids in Puerto Rico and Latin America and he has a new healthy hobby, agriculture! The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub and the musical group Atención Atención Inc. partnered to produce the video that talks about how food is grown and its relationship with nature.   “We want to promote agriculture and children’s understanding of how the food we eat is connected...

Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change: Exploring Practical Approaches applicable to the Northeast

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/24/2017 to Fri, 05/05/2017
    Category:
    News
      Forests are vital for ensuring clean and reliable supplies of water across the Northeast. Changes in climate like reduced snowpack, earlier springs, and more frequent and intense rainfall create challenges to protecting water resources. Natural resource professionals are eager to learn more about how to maintain water resources in forested landscapes. The USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub held...

Climate Adaptation Practices in 360°

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/24/2017 to Fri, 05/19/2017
    Category:
    News
      Launch of our Virtual Demonstration Network: ‘As If You Were There' If you want to see a practice in action before adopting it for your land or recommending it to others, field visits can be a powerful teacher. Now there is another way.  You can leave your field boots behind and experience many agricultural climate adaptation actions ‘As If You Were There.’  In partnership with University of Del...

Spring Farming in the Northeast, in an Era of Climate Change

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/24/2017 to Fri, 05/05/2017
    Category:
    News
      Farming is an inherently risky business. Farmers routinely plan for and respond to equipment failures, weather events, market fluctuations, new regulations and other disruptions. Climate change has been added to this big heap of threats, making food and fiber production in the Northeast even less predictable and more stressful than in the past.     Farmers in the Northeast are already experienci...

Valuable Weather Information for the Agriculture Community

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/24/2017 to Fri, 05/05/2017
    Category:
    News
      Anyone who works in agriculture knows that the weather can make or break your year. Most farmers, ranchers, and foresters use a variety of government and private weather sources to find out how much it rained or what the weather will be like tomorrow. Few probably realize they have a home-grown weather and climate resource in their own state.  This resource is called a state climate office (SCO...

Free Email Warnings of Cattle Heat Stress

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/24/2017 to Fri, 05/05/2017
    Category:
    News
      Summer is coming and bringing with it the chance of too much heat.  Hot weather can really stress cattle and other livestock. The Southeast Climate Hub has a free alert system that will email you when heat and humidity conditions are predicted by the National Weather Service to put cattle into danger, so you can keep them cool. The system is based on USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Cattle H...

A Changing Climate Concerns Tribes

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/24/2017 to Fri, 05/05/2017
    Category:
    News
      Developing plans to address the effects of weather extremes for Tribal communities takes a team.   A team made up of Tribal staff, Elders with localized knowledge of the lands and resources, and in this case, members of the USDA. The USDA Northeast Climate Hub and NRCS are working with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, both located on the shores of Massac...

Midwest Outlook Update 24 April 2017

  • Date:
    Mon, 04/24/2017
    Category:
    News
      Early planting progress in the Midwest/Plains has generally been slow due to wet soil conditions and multiple rainfall events which have limited soil drying.  The delay is starting to cause some concern among producers and has them looking specifically at potential upcoming events and the rest of the season given the slightly reduced growing period.  The delay may also have people trying to ente...

Natural Resources Conservation Service Idaho Water Supply Outlook Report April 1, 2017

  • Date:
    Thu, 04/13/2017 to Sun, 04/30/2017
    Category:
    News
    Natural Resources Conservation Service Idaho Water Supply Outlook Report April 1, 2017