WA Dept of Ecology oblique shoreline photo archive, photo ID number 000924_114848, courtesy of Snohomish County.
Join us in Tacoma this October for the 8th Annual Northwest Climate Conference! The Northwest Climate Conference annually brings together more than 300 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.
The conference is the region’s premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice. The conference also provides a forum for presenting emerging policy and management goals, objectives, and information needs related to regional climate impacts and adaptation. Participants include policy- and decision-makers, resource managers, and scientists from academia; federal, state, and local agencies; sovereign tribal nations; non-governmental organizations; and the private sector.
Details regarding abstract submission, registration, and other program news will be added to the conference website in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please contact Lara Whitely Binder (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or for information on sponsorship opportunities.
Future climate change is expected to necessitate a wide range of agricultural adaptation strategies. Photo credit: Gord McKenna, Mt. Baker and Ladner Fields 2008, Creative Commons by NC ND 2.0.
Richland, Wash. – The culminating stakeholder workshop of WSU’s BioEarth research initiative will be held on Thursday, February 16 at the WSU Tri-Cities Campus. Farmers, industry representatives, government agency personnel, county conservation district staff, NGO representatives, researchers and extension agents interested in adaptation strategies for regional agriculture should all participate. The focus of this workshop will be on understanding agricultural adaptation opportunities in a changing climate.
Those interested in attending:
Date: Thursday, February 16, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: WSU Tri-Cities Consolidated Information Center Room 120
RSVP By: February 10th
Register at: http://bioearth.brownpapertickets.com Continue reading
Editors at the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems are welcoming submissions for a special issue on Climate, Agriculture and Food Systems. They are interested in multidisciplinary research that examines agrifood system responses to both projected and experienced climate changes. Editors are interested in all relevant submissions and request a 500 word (maximum) abstract of your planned contribution to the issue editors by February 15th, 2017.
Please contact Gabrielle Roesch-McNally (USDA Climate Hubs, email@example.com) or click call for abstracts for more information.
By Georgine Yorgey
WSU Extension is hosting an upcoming workshop on the basics of High Residue Farming on November 30, 2016, 9:30-3:30 in Moses Lake. Details for those interested in attending are available here (lunch included if you pre-register by 11/22).
Onion planting into strip tilled rows, wheat cover crop. Photo by Darrell Kilgore.
High residue farming is a term that covers a number of different specific farming practices, including strip-till and direct seeding. In all these systems, the amount of tillage is reduced in order to maintain crop residues on the soil surface. High residue farming provides a number of benefits, but two key ones include reducing wind erosion (and the need to replant sand-blasted crops) and reducing the amount of time and equipment needed to plant. It can also improve soil health, increase the amount of carbon stored in the soil, and in some cases increase the potential for double-cropping.
Intrigued and want to learn more? You can hear about strip tillage from a farmer who has used it for many years in this video. And you can see the operations he uses for strip tillage in onions here. Continue reading
Please join us at the Climate Impacts to Water: Managing the Uncertainties of Water Supply and Quality Conference to be held at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson WA on January 25-26, 2017.
If you are interested in giving a presentation, please go to cm.wsu.edu/climateimpactstowaterconference to view information about education tracks and specifics about submitting an abstract. Abstracts are due Dec 1, 2016.
Who Should Attend? Water users, water managers, researchers and innovators.
Focus The common theme will be creating a dialogue amongst the communities that use and value the region’s water supply within the context of a changing climate. Continue reading
Woodinville, Wash. – An interactive summit focusing on the future of the food system in the greater Seattle metropolitan area will be held on Friday, November 18, at the Brightwater Convention Center.
“Envisioning the future of the regional food system” (photo credit: Liz Allen)
Hosted by Washington State University (WSU) Metro Food Energy Water Seed Grant Research Team, the Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit provides an opportunity for the public to gain a deeper understanding of food, energy and water (FEW) interdependence in the greater Seattle area. A morning keynote address and panel discussion will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. and is open to the public. This will include presentations about research and discussions addressing the need for integrated natural resource management approaches. The panel discussion will be a forum for diverse stakeholders to share their perspectives on challenges and opportunities for local food and agriculture.
A by-invitation afternoon breakout session and luncheon will be held after the public portion of the Summit from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will discuss the various characteristics of resilient regional food systems. They will also assist in identifying future research directions that will support local decision makers when developing policies. Please contact Liz Allen if you would like an invitation to the afternoon session.
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at www.urbanfew.brownpapertickets.com. For more information about this summit, visit www.metrocenter.wsu.edu/metrofew-summit2016. To learn more about the Urban Food, Energy and Water project, visit http://metrocenter.wsu.edu/metrofew/.
Liz Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 774-437-2819
By Chad Kruger
Wanapum Dam at normal operation on the Columbia River (photo: Dept of Ecology)
Water is the life-blood of agriculture. Without an adequate supply of water we cannot produce, process, or prepare food. You’ve heard the catch-phrase “No Farms, No Food”? The same could be said for water: “No Water, No Food”.
Actually, water is even more important than that. It is the life-blood of civilization. There was a study published a couple of years ago that evaluated the importance of water (and grain) as it related to the development of the Roman Empire (Dermody et.al. 2014). The conclusion of this study is that Rome ultimately was undone by the fact that it had to expand its empire too far to secure sufficient water resources to feed itself. [Someday I’ll write a post about this study – it’s an open access journal so anyone with a computer can read it.] Continue reading
Mark your calendars for the Climate Impacts to Water Conference: Managing the Uncertainties of Water Supply and Quality in the Pacific Northwest taking place January 25-26, 2017.
This conference will focus on:
- Regional projections of climate and water supply
- Multiple facets of agricultural water management
- Water conservation practices
- Water quality
- Water policy regulations and rights
- Regional water projects, research and tools
- Social science communication concerning water
Program, registration, abstract submittal information and additional details will be coming soon: www.cm.wsu.edu/climateimpactstowaterconference
This regional conference is being held at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA on the Columbia River – only 45 minutes from the Portland (PDX) Airport.
For more information, please contact Liz Whitefield, WSU Outreach Coordinator, PAS at Liz Whitefield, email@example.com or 253-445-4562.
By: Brooke Saari
Researchers at Washington State University, working with commercial partners, are hosting an upcoming field day to showcase anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery technologies and the lessons learned over the past three years.
Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a biological process that breaks down materials in the absence of oxygen, resulting in solid and liquid products, and biogas. Together with nutrient recovery and other complementary technologies, this process can provide environmental, economic and social benefits while managing organic waste. Continue reading
Wheat Harvest. Photo by T.P. Matins licensed under creative commons.
Climate Change and Insects in Wheat Systems, a webinar by Dr. Sanford Eigenbrode on April 14th, 2016, 11 am PDT.
Dr. Eigenbrode will present new discoveries and adaptation techniques for coping with changes in insect populations caused by climate change. Dr. Eigenbrode is the Principal Investigator of the USDA sponsored Regional Approaches to Climate Change – Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH) Coordinated Agricultural Project (www.reacchpna.org). While REACCH focuses on cereal crops, the information presented here will be useful to a broad agricultural audience that is interested in adapting to climate change. Register Here.