Climate Change Workshop Resources

The workshop on April 14 focused on the following international statements on climate change:
UNFCCC Paris Agreement

Papal Encyclical Laudato Si

USDA’s Climate Change, Global Food Security and the US Food System

Agenda and Speaker Biographies

The Elephant in the Cornfield, a book by Chris Clayton,  explains rural perceptions of climate change, resistance to the science and the outright push to fight attempts to deal with greenhouse-gas emissions.

Sustainable Corn, USDA-NIFA funded project that gathers data from 35 field sites and thousands of farmers in 9 Midwestern states, with the goal of creating a suite of practices for corn-based systems.
Report Climate Change and Agricultural Extension
Report Resilient Agriculture
Report Climate Change in the Corn Belt

Land owners and farmers need to work together to provide solutions for adapting to the challenges of climate change. Research by the Drake Agricultural Law Center  including an annotated bibliography of USDA webpages dealing with climate change.

The Drake Agricultural Law Center maintains a webpage of opinion editorials and projects related to climate change and agriculture.

Iowa Carbon Farms concept in numbers and image from ISU Agronomy.

Counting on Agroecology: Union of Concerned Scientists fact sheet on the investing in sustainable agriculture research

DeLonge et al. 2015 Investing in the transition to sustainable agriculture: A 2015 paper in the journal Environmental Science and Policy detailing an analysis of USDA competitive grants dedicated toward agroecology. As we evaluate different agricultural practices that may be more viable with future change, this work helps underscore the need for greater research investment in ecologically-based solutions.

Basche et al. 2016 Simulating long-term impacts of cover crops and climate change on crop production and environmental outcomes in the Midwestern United States: Research from the Sustainable Corn project predicting future climate impacts for Iowa and evaluating the potential of a winter rye cover crop to offset risks such as carbon decline, soil erosion and yield decreases.

Growing Economies: Connecting local farmers and large-scale food buyers to create jobs and revitalize America’s heartland: Growing Economies is a 2016 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzing the economic potential for midsize farms with greater in-state food purchasing. Evaluating diverse economic opportunities for farmers is one strategy to reduce risks that future change may cause.

Small Grains, Large Gains: Learn five of the many benefits of adding small grain production to corn and soybean acres in the Cornbelt. Diversifying the cropping system beyond corn and soybean production provides many benefits that go far beyond water quality.

Food and Agriculture reading list for undergraduate environmental history students.

The AgraGate Experience & Lessons Learned, slides from David Miller, director of research at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Reframing climate change to create common ground, Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore’s “Iowa Farmers and Climate Change” panel presentation.