Changing climatic conditions are having a wide ranging impact on agriculture in the Midwest including changes in crop yields, season length, and soil health. To support Midwest specialty crop producers work through these changes, the Midwest Climate Hub, Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) and National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) are partnering to determine data needs and develop additional tools, educational resources and other information for producers to better adapt to a variable and changing climate.
- Host several workshops with specialty crop producers and extension staff to determine specific data and tool needs as well as climate change education needs.
- Identify pro-active measures that would help maximize yields during potential drought events.
- Create and deploy a survey (see sidebar) about climate needs and attitudes of specialty crop producers.
- Create several resources on climate change impacts and adaptation options for specific, important, non-row crops in the Midwest.
- Specialty Crop Producers
- Extension Staff
- Specialty Crop Producer Groups
- Dennis Todey – Director Midwest Climate Hub
- Beth Hall – Director Midwest Regional Climate Center
- Tonya Haigh – Rural Sociologist, National Drought Mitigation Center
- Brian Fuchs – Climatologist, National Drought Mitigation Center
- Charlene Felkley – Coordinator Midwest Climate Hub