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Webinar Series: Understanding Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Forests

The USDA Agriculture, Forestry, and Climate Science Working Group and USDA’s Office of Energy and Environmental Policy have launched a year-long monthly webinar series that aims to equip USDA employees and key Cooperative Extension personnel with the scientific foundations of climate change as they apply to USDA’s mission and daily work.  The series features leading scientists from within and outside USDA, who provide the latest scientific information and respond to questions about climate change and the application of science to decision-making on working lands.  This series is designed to be of use to USDA conservation, resource management, commodity, and service staff.  The material is accessible to those not already familiar with climate science, but also includes information that is of use to technical experts.  


View these recorded webinars to explore topics in climate science, climate change impacts, agriculture, and forestry in the Midwest and other regions of the US.

  • Climate Change 101: The Foundational Science

    Dr. Keith Dixon (NOAA) speaks to USDA on the scientific foundations of climate change. Dr. Dixon is an award-winning speaker who will make this complex topic accessible to everyone at USDA, regardless of background.

  • Climate Effects on U.S. Agriculture and Forests

    Climate change effects are already evident in U.S. forests and agroecosystems. We are on the cusp of additional and potentially more severe effects, primarily facilitated by increased frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events (drought, heavy rainfall, heat waves) and associated disturbances (wildfires, insect outbreaks).

  • Climate Extremes in Agriculture and Forests

    Climate extremes are brought about by increased frequency, longevity, and magnitude of weather events (drought, heavy rainfall, heat waves, hurricanes) and associated disturbances (wildfires, insect outbreaks). These extremes can negatively affect agricultural production, threaten producers’ livelihoods, and disrupt food supply chains.

  • Climate Effects and Adaptation in Croplands

    Croplands across the country are influenced in a diversity of ways by changes in climate. This seminar highlights some of those influences, and addresses adaptive options for the challenges posed by a changing climate.

  • Climate Effects and Adaptation in Animal Agriculture

    Coming soon!

  • Climate Effects and Adaptation in Forests

    Coming soon!