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  • Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:22pm
    Hurricane Harvey Approaching Texas Find the latest Hurricane information here: 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, State and county offices in Texas and Louisiana are ready to help. Find out more here. You can... more
  • Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:54am
      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 irrigation make sense as a farm strategy given the number of wet summers in the Northeast? To find out,... more
  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:13pm
      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 cover. The large side-wall area increases flow through shallow glacial till into the well and the... more
  • Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:44am
      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 network of Extension educators and master volunteers. Enhance climate-related programs directed... more
  • Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:45am
      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 weather stations. Fast forward to present day, and we’re now checking in with him on how his own on-farm... more
  • Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:46am
    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 the Midwest Region.
  • Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:01am
    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 to conduct a rigorous evaluation of a limited range of topics rather than produce a broad overview.... more
  • Wed, 05/03/2017 - 2:17pm
    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. Section I covers all irrigated farms; sets of tables are grouped into 18 broad categories, ranging from... more
  • Mon, 04/03/2017 - 8:55am
    We are excited to announce the U.S. Drought Monitor maps for the USDA Climate Hub regions are now Live! These maps depict drought within the region, and are based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the country. Please visit the US Drought Monitor page for more information - From the drop-down menu select the Climate Hubs then your region.
  • Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:14pm
    The monthly North Central U.S. Climate Summary and Outlook Webinar will take place on Thursday, January 19th at 1pm CDT.  Kelsey Jencso, the Montana State Climatologist, will be presenting the latest climate information and outlooks for the region.  Kelsey will be summarizing recent climate trends, events and variability as well as discussing their impacts.  He will also present the latest (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center outlooks from two weeks to a few seasons into the future.  He will also... more