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About the Midwest Climate Hub

The mission of the Midwest Climate Hub is to develop science-based, region-specific information and technologies alongside USDA agencies and partners, and deliver these products to agricultural and natural resource managers that enable climate-informed decision-making. This is in alignment with the USDA mission to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

Our vision is to become the leader in guiding climate-informed decisions that will generate sustainable agro-ecosystems in the Midwest. The Midwest Climate Hub is guided by certain values: Science-driven, stakeholder-centered, cooperative with federal and non federal partners (see more about our partners below), efficient, maintaining a positive message, pro-active, and serving the most diverse population possible. Midwest Climate Hub will work to anticipate needs and provide solutions for its clientele.

Contact Us

For questions/comments/concerns or to sign up for the Midwest CHU (Climate Hub Update) Newsletter, please email us. The Midwest Climate Hub offices are located within the National Laboratory for the Agriculture and Environment on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa. 

National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, 1015 N University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011

(515) 294-5723.



Former Team Members

Bridgette Mason, Assistant State Climatologist for Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Charlene Felkley, Essential Fish Habitat Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office

Erica Kistner-Thomas, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA Institute of Food Production and Sustainability’s Division of Plant Systems – Protection

Meet the Midwest Climate Hub Partners

More about the USDA Climate Hubs

Dennis Todey

Dennis Todey, Director

Laurie Nowatzke

Photo of Laurie Nowatzke, USDA Midwest Climate Hub Coordinator

Adam Reed
Regional Hub, Co-Lead

Adam Reed Portrait

Melissa Kadolph
Regional Hub, Professional Staff

Melissa Kadolph portrait

Josh Bendorf
Regional Hub, Fellow

Josh Bendorf portrait

Moses T. Wanyakha
Regional Hub, Fellow

Photo of Moses Wanyakha

Ryan McCoy
Regional Hub, Fellow

Photo of Ryan McCoy

Dionisio Martínez
Regional Hub, Fellow

Dionisio Martínez photo

Sophia Parker
Regional Hub, Research Assistant

Sophia Parker portrait

Bryce Bearson
Regional Hub, Research Assistant

Bryce Bearson portrait