Pre-Conference Seminar

February 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 1-5 pm

Extension Programs, Resources and Opportunities to Address Climate Risks

In the face of increasing climate risk impacts on agriculture, the pre-conference workshop will address climate resiliency planning and prediction tools; and water and climate variability as it pertains to land use and crop mix over time. Extension specialists will present their work on managing climate risk including the use of RMA’s Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance program.  The pre-conference will begin with an address by Dannele Peck who is the Director of the Northern Plains Climate Hub.

Preconference Schedule

1:00 – 2:10 Dannele Peck Director, USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub Overview of USDA Climate Hubs and An “AgroClimate Outreach Exchange” to Increase Extension Climate-Related Knowledge, Network, and Confidence
Jeff Lukas NOAA, Western Water Assessment  The state of science in developing longer term weather predictions for risk management decisions
2:10-2:40 Natalia Pinzon Jime’nez Rhizobia Curriculum elements and key components of developing climate resilience plans and adapting  to variable climate risk events such as fire, drought and flooding including application of climate risk prediction tools for small farmers
2:40-3:00 Break    
3:00-3:40 Russ Tronstad and Ryan Feuz  University Distinguished Outreach Professor and Specialist, The U.of AZ and Post Doctoral Fellow, Utah State U.  Understanding Revisions to USDA/RMA’s Pasture Rangeland, Forage -Rainfall Index Insurance and the application of PRF producer decision tools
3:40 – 4:10 Anastasia Hassett Assistant Professor, Utah State University Climate risk and water availability and how the evolution of expected land use and crop mix over time and Extension can communicate to help producers plan for variable climate risk. 
4:10:4:40 Kirti Rajagopalan Assistant Professor, Washington State Univ. Climate risks facing tree fruit producers and associated risk evaluation tools
4:40 – 5:00   Questions, Comments, Discussion