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Interactive Education Module on Climate Change Science and Modeling
The Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center  ( has released a new interactive online education module on basic climate change science and climate modeling. The module was designed to make climate change science approachable to the general public and to provide flexibility for busy professionals, but also to facilitate a greater level of understanding and depth through interactive features. The module, “Climate Change Science and Modeling: What You Need to Know”, gives a brief overview of the climate system, greenhouse gases, climate models, current climate impacts, and future climate projections. Interactive features allow users to control their learning experience, with opportunities to explore outside links, and learn definitions and relevant facts. The main material is followed by an activity specific to the user’s geographical region, and completing the activity will generate a personalized certificate. The climate change module is available at Click on the “climate change module” tab.


Online Classes through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sequestrattion (60 minutes)

Why Do We Care About Climate Change (30 minues )


USDA Agricultural Projections to 2023

Key results in the projections include the following:

  • Prices for major crops decrease in the early years of the projections as global production responds to recent high prices.
  • Lower feed costs improve livestock sector returns and provide economic incentives for projected longrun increases in U.S. meat production.
  • World economic growth and demand for biofuels combine to support longer run increases in consumption, trade, and prices for agricultural products.
  • Following the near-term declines, prices for corn, wheat, oilseeds, and many other crops remain historically high.
  • Declining crop prices lead to reductions in the values of U.S. agricultural exports and farm cash receipts rise through 2016.  Export values and cash receipts then grow over the rest of the projection period as steady domestic and international economic growth, a weak U.S. dollar, and continuing production of biofuels support longer term demand for U.S. agricultural products.  Production expenses also rise beyond 2015, but net farm income remains historically high.


Education and Outreach:

California Climate Common

Conservations Effects Assessment Project (CEAP)

Science & Technology Training Laboratory

National Agroforestry Center

GRACEnet (Greenhouse gas Reduction through Agricultural Carbon Enhancement network 

Ecological Site Description

Climate Change Resource Center

Systems for Assessing Vulnerability of species – SAVs

Plant Material Centers

Web Soil Survey


Management/Conservation Practices and Programs:

Adaptive Management

Agricultural Management Assistance - AMA

Environmental Quality Incentives Program - EQIP

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

Resource Conservation and Development Program

Small, Limited, and Beginning Farmer Assistance

Conservation Innovation Grants addressing Climate Change and Variability

Soil Health Management Systems

Farmland Protection Policy Act - FPPA

Conservation Stewardship Program - CSP

Rapid Watershed Assessment - RWA

Emergency Watershed Protection - EWP

Forest Incentives Program  - FIP

Tribal Government Assistance