Tag Archives: Adaptation

Victim, Contributor, Solver

By David Schmidt

Reprinted from: Animal Ag

Thumbnail for 91380I was at a Climate Convening yesterday in a small city in Southern Minnesota (Owatonna). I was invited to facilitate a small group discussion on agriculture and climate change. I was talking with one of the conference organizers before the meeting about agriculture and climate change and she came up with the line that agriculture is victim, contributor, and solver when it comes to climate change. I think it describes the situation well.

Victim: Victim is easy to see. There is no doubt about the connection between agriculture and climate. Continue reading

Farmers: Tell Your Story!

By David Schmidt

Reprinted from: Animal Ag

Thumbnail for 91170The party is over. Sometime in the last 50 or so years the production of food has become a mystery to consumers and farming has become a dirty word – linked to polluting of the environment and mistreatment of animals rather than a noble profession of growing food to meet the dietary needs of an ever expanding population.

What are we doing about it?

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Transitioning Cereal Systems to Adapt to Climate Change Conference, Nov. 13-14, 2015


Opportunity for International Networking

This announcement is being sent to selected scientists worldwide with potential interest in contributing.

We are pleased to inform you about this important opportunity to participate in a special, exclusive conference and workshop focused on cereal production systems in semiarid regions under climate change. This two-day conference “Transitioning Cereal Systems to Adapt to Climate Change” will take place immediately before the Entomological Society of America and the TriSocieties Meetings, on Nov. 13-14, 2015 in Minneapolis Minnesota, USA.

The conference addresses the need to improve collaboration and integration on the interacting components of these systems, especially those that can effectively address the challenges posed by climate change.  Our program speakers and panelists include prominent geneticists and breeders, crop protection specialists, agronomists, crop modelers, sociologists, economists and educators and others whose coordinated expertise can further technological advances among farmers and agricultural systems. Rather then just a series of talks, the conference will promote discussion and other interactions aimed at the following conference goals.

Conference Goals:

  •  Share research, outreach, and policy-relevant action to improve climate resilience of cereal systems in semiarid regions worldwide;
  • Identify integrating activities to address cereal production challenges at the system level
  • Identify approaches to pursuing these activities beyond the conference
  • Contribute to integration of global networks focused on improving cereal systems for food security

To view details about the conference and to register, please consult the conference flyer and website: http://www.aridcereals.org.

SPACE is LIMITED! Please register as soon as possible.

Program assistance: 208-885-1231
Registration assistance: 208-885-9961
Fax: 208-885-7760



Success Stories

By: John Stevenson

Owyhee Dam historic photos. commons.wikimedia.org

Owyhee Dam historic photo. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Unless you have been living under a defunct tractor with feral cats for the last 10 months, you know it’s not a good news year for anything related to water. Despite this, a few weeks ago I traveled to Malheur County in eastern Oregon looking for ‘success stories’ growing up through the cracks while gathering footage for a film that CIRC and Oregon Sea Grant are producing to document this year’s drought. On the one hand, there is no shortage of examples of how the prolonged drought – three years and running – has impacted eastern Oregon. The Owyhee Reservoir carries over 700,000 acre feet of active storage for irrigating crops, usually amounting to more than a two year supply for production in the Treasure Valley along the Snake River that divides Oregon and Idaho. In 2013, the reservoir failed to fill and supplies were exhausted, then it happened again in 2014, and is becoming something of the norm this year, with just five percent of active storage remaining at the beginning of August. Take any of these years and the impact of the drought is on par with other bad years, 1977 and 1992 come to mind, but consider the failure to fill four years in a row, and the drought’s impact on the Treasure Valley is unprecedented in a history that goes all the way back to 1932. Continue reading