Farming for Success in the 21st Century:
Webinar Series for Agriculture Conservation Professionals
This three-part webinar series is geared to agricultural conservation professionals such as RCD, Extension and NRCS staff. Each session will provide an overview of expected climate impacts such as increased water scarcity, warming temperatures and unpredictable and extreme weather events, and tools for enhancing on-farm resilience and adaptation to changing climate conditions.
Webinars and powerpoints for these webinars are now available here:
Soil Building for Climate Resilience
April 28, 2014 • 10:00 – 11:30am
Building healthier soils can help growers enhance the resilience of farm operations and cope with a changing climate while improving crop yields, increasing soil water holding capacity and water infiltration rate, increasing soil fertility, and decreasing input costs. This webinar will discuss the multiple benefits of keeping nutrients such as carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in balance as well as practical methods for increasing soil organic matter.
Rex Dufour, ATTRA/NCAT
Jocelyn Gretz, Rio Farms
Jeff Creque, Marin Carbon Project/Carbon Cycle Institute
Biodiversity for Climate Resilience
March 21, 2014 • 10:00 – 11:30am
Increasing biodiversity can help growers cope with a changing climate and more extreme weather events by providing “insurance” against unpredictable conditions and by restoring the ecosystem services that support crop productivity. This webinar will discuss the climate benefits and additional environmental and economic benefits of on-farm biological diversity in farm products and in the landscape, as well as some tools and the practical considerations.
Louise Jackson, UC Davis, Department of Land, Air, Water Resources
Sam Earnshaw, Hedgerows Unlimited
Judith Redmond, Full Belly Farm
Water Use Efficiency & On-Farm Storage for Climate Resilience
March 26, 2014 • 10:00 – 11:30am
Growers can cope with a changing climate and extreme weather events more effectively by employing water stewardship strategies such as increasing water use efficiency, maximizing yields, and reducing soil erosion — all important for enhancing the resilience of farm operations and controlling costs. This webinar will explore practices to help farmers bank more water in soils and catchments and improve water use efficiency on-farm, thereby increasing the water independence and resilience of farming systems when water is scarce and increasingly costly.
Brittany Heck, Gold Ridge RCD
Kevin Greer, Tehama RCD
This webinar series is funded by Western SARE and offered in partnership with the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, California NRCS and UC Cooperative Extension.
From Science to Storytelling: Effective Communication for Policy Change
March 24, 2014 • 1:00 – 4:00pm
Big Hanna Room, Asmundson Hall, UC Davis
Conveying the results of your scientific research to legislators and government agencies can help influence policy – but only if you communicate effectively! If you are motivated in part by applying your research to environmental and social issues such as climate change, this workshop will give you some useful concepts and tools. Using discussion, role plays, expert advice from media consultants and individual exercises, we will explore the challenges of translating your scientific findings to policymakers and advocates, and will offer some tools for improving your communications skills. We will focus on simplifying your messages and honing your presentations.
Academic researchers working on climate change and agriculture. Registered participants may also invite one graduate student.
To register: Email Renata Brillinger at CalCAN (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, department, institution and phone number. If you would like to bring one graduate student, please include their information as well. Space is limited.
This workshop is a partnership of CalCAN and California Climate and Resource Media, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.